At any time I can pretend to be asleep, with my eyes closed and my breathing heavy. (Sometimes I really sleep, sometimes the color of the day has changed when I open my eyes).

It is true that I never leave my house, but it is also true that its doors (whose numbers are infinite1) are open day and night to men and animals as well. Anyone can enter. They will find here no female pomp nor the bizarre apparatus of palaces, but they will find quietness and solitude.

  1. The original says fourteen, but there is ample reason to infer that this numeral stands for infinite. ↩︎