Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion

IV.1 Hudson

Away from Rowland's scrutiny, Roderick benefits from restorative rest during his reprieve. In his first letter to Rowland, he writes “I was walking twenty miles a day in the Alps, drinking milk in lonely chalets, sleeping as you sleep, and thinking it was all very good fun.” In his list of activities that were “all very good fun,” Roderick emphasizes the natural rhythms of sleep. Rather than see his body’s natural capitulation to unconscious rest for what it is—a necessity, Roderick views sleep as a privilege of leisure and temporary escape. For Roderick, restorative rest and freedom from social obligations are opportunities to be seized only on rare occasions.

Here James calls to mind the body's natural inclination to sleep as certain points during a twenty-four-hour cycle

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