The precarious superficiality of our daily life and the desolateness
of some others ring a bell in our head.
He confided to Westminster's Cardinal Henry Manning, a confidence he would regret: "I have found very little but desert and desolateness
ever since I have been in it--that I have nothing pleasant to look back on, that all my human affections were with those whom I had left.
Second: To the native Indian of Peru, the continual sight of the snowhowdahed Andes conveys naught of dread, except, perhaps, in the mere fancying of the eternal frosted desolateness
reigning at such vast altitudes, and the natural conceit of what a fearfulness it would be to lose oneself in such inhuman solitudes.
Gander's earliest such ally is Thomas Traherne, whose recently rescued poem "The Desolateness
of Absence" provides him with a mystic Christian analogue for his own phenomenological poetics.
Woolf's description of Septimus's condition is astonishing in its dispassionate power of insight and also of sympathy as she depicts him before and after the war, when he is sinking inexorably into an abyss of nothingness and desolateness