"But of late a fog has descended on his mind."

— Coetzee, J. M. (b. 1940)

Place of Publication
New York
"But of late a fog has descended on his mind."
Metaphor in Context
He wakes up late, too late for his eigt o'clock lecture. It is not the first lecture he has missed since Jacqueline entered his life. he is falling behind in his studies and does not see how he will ever catch up. In his first two years at the university he had been one os the stars of the class. He found everything easy, was always a step ahead of the lecturer. But of late a fog has descended on his mind. The mathematics they are studying has become more modern and abstract, ad he has begun to flounder. Line by line he can still follow the exposition on the blackboard, but more often than not the larger argument eludes him. he has fits of panic in class which he does his best to hide.
(p. 12)
Coetzee, J. M. Youth: Scenes from a Provincial Life II. New York: Penguin, 2002.
Date of Entry

The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.