Quote by C.S. Lewis
When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road, you are falling asleep. The highly selective consciousness enjoyed by fully alert men, with all its builded sentiments and consecrated ideals, has as much to be called real as the drowsy chaos, and more.
This quote by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald explores the experience of falling asleep and the merging of reality with the subconscious. It suggests that when the voices and words around us begin to blend in with our surroundings and blend into our everyday experiences, it signifies that we are entering a state of sleep. The quote also highlights the notion that our fully alert and conscious state, with its distinct thoughts, emotions, and values, can be seen as more "real" than the chaotic nature of our dreams and drowsiness.
If gratitude and esteem are good foundations of affection, Elizabeth's change of sentiment will be neither improbable nor faulty. But if otherwise--if regard springing from such sources is unreasonable or unnatural, in comparison of what is so often described as arising on a first interview with its object, and even before two words have been exchanged, nothing can be said in her defence, except that she had given somewhat of a trial to the latter method in her partiality for Wickham, and that its ill success might, perhaps, authorise her to seek the other less interesting mode of attachment.