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"The wise person will flee the crowd, endure it if necessary, but given the choice, choose solitude. We are not sufficiently rid of vices to be contending with those of others . . . It is not enough to have gotten away from the crowd . . . we must get away from the gregarious instincts that are within us" Montaigne, as quoted by Richardson To which we might add her quoting John Clare: how good it is to get away from "the chatter that sprains the soul."