Quotation by Alfred Döblin

At about that time I was once sitting at my place and whispering—it was naughty, I know—with my neighbor. Then you, Herr Professor Rudner, got up from your desk, came calmly down the aisle to me: "Did you speak?" and slapped me smack in the face. And I—the fury is inside me to this day—I didn't hit back. Such were the methods of objectivity.
Alfred Döblin (1878–1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "First Glance Back," 1928, Autobiographical Writings, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1986).
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