Quote by Robertson Davies
Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests. In the minds of politicians, perhaps more than anywhere, the notion of a million dollars has this accordion-like ability to expand or contract; if they are disposing of it, the million is a pleasing sum, reflecting warmly upon themselves; if somebody else wants it, it becomes a figure of inordinate size, not to be compassed by the rational mind.
This quote highlights the subjective perception of the value of money, particularly a million dollars. It suggests that many individuals have a vague understanding of what a large sum like a million dollars truly represents. The concept of a million dollars can appear malleable, expanding or diminishing depending on personal circumstances or perspectives. In the domain of politics, the notion of a million dollars can be used to serve self-interests. When politicians benefit from its disposal, a million dollars is seen as a substantial and gratifying amount. However, if someone else seeks that sum, it is often perceived as an exorbitant figure beyond rational comprehension.
Young women today feel vulnerable to judgment; if a harsh sentence is passed (or even suspected or projected), it is not her reputation that suffers so much as the stability of her moral universe. They did not have long to explore the sexual revolution and make it their own. Before the old chains had grown cold, while young women were still rubbing the circulation back into their ankles and taking tentative steps forward, the beauty industries levied a heavy toll on further investigations, and beauty pornography offered them designer bondage.
She imagined herself both queen and slave, dominatrix and victim. In her imagination she was making love with men of all skin colors--white, black, yellow--with homosexuals and beggars. She was anyone's, and anyone could do anything to her. She had one, two, three orgasms, one after another. She imagined everything she had never imagined before, and she gave herself to all that was most base and most pure.