The Beast in the Jungle

“It affected him as the sequel of something of which he had lost the beginning. He knew it, and for the time quite welcomed it, as a continuation, but didn’t know what it continued, which was an interest, or an amusement, the greater as he was also somehow aware–yet without a direct sign from her–that the young woman herself had not lost the thread”.

Henry James, “The Beast in the Jungle,” in Major Stories & Essays (New York: Library of America, 1999), 446.

Brilliant way of describing the sensation of that moment in which we all try to recall how we know a person when meeting them for the first time after several years (or ten).

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