• For the first time his mind grasped the fact that when life has sentenced you to suffer, the sentence is neither a fancy nor a threat, but you are dragged to the rack, and you are tortured, and there is no marvelous rescue at the last moment, no awakening as from a bad dream. He felt it as a foreboding which struck him with terror.

    Jens Peter Jacobsen (2008). “Niels Lyhne”, p.45, Filiquarian Publishing, LLC.