What must be the toil of those whose intellects are to be flaunted
daily before the public in full dress, & underdress ever new &
varied, & spun, like the silkworm's, out of themselves.
Merton identified with John Henry
Newman. Of Newman Merton wrote elsewhere:
"There are people one
meets in books or in life whom one does not merely observe, meet, or
know. A deep resonance of one's entire being is immediately set up
with the entire being of the other (Cor ad cor
loquitur)--heart speaks to heart in the wholeness of the language
of music; true friendship is a kind of singing."
Conjectures of A Guilty Bystander
. (New York: Image Books, 1968),