On Friendship with Expectations

I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard

Neary’s conception of friendship was very curious. He expected it to last. He never said, when speaking of an enemy: “He used to be a friend of mine”, but always, with affected precision: “I used to think he was a friend of mine.”

Samuel Beckett
Murphy (1938)

Illustration: Sheet music for I Don’t Want to Play in Your Yard (1894)

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