Quotation by Doris Lessing

It was almost with the feeling of a rider who was wondering whether his horse would make the course that she regarded this body of hers, which was not only divided from her brain by the necessity of keeping open that cool and dispassionate eye, but separated into compartments of its own. Martha had after all been provided with a map of her flesh by the "book", in which each area was marked by the name of a different physical sensation, so that her mind was anxiously aware, not only of a disconnected partner, a body, but of every part of it, which might or might not come up to scratch at any given occasion.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in A Proper Marriage, ch. 3, p. 63, Simon and Schuster (1952).
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