(from First Love, Ivan Turgenev)
“Never mind,” continued Lushin, “don’t lose heart! The chief thing is to lead a normal life and not let yourself be carried away by your feelings. For what’ the good of that? Wherever the wave carries you, it is bad; but as a man has so much as a stone beneath him – at least he stands on his two feet. I do nothing but cough ..”
Uhmud adopts a similar attitude in el-Rabwa… but he can’t maintain it.