“Do you remember when we studied what Plato calls telestic madness? Bakcheia? Dionysiac frenzy?’

‘Yes,’ I said, rather impatiently. It was just like Henry to bring up something like this right now.

‘Well, we decided to try to have one.’ For a moment I thought I hadn’t understood him.

‘What?’ I said.

‘I said we decided to try to have a bacchanal.’

‘Come on.’

‘We did.’

I looked at him. ‘You must be joking.’


‘That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard.’

He shrugged.”

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