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    men topple from the high ledges of themselves

    Somewhere between midnight and dawn, in that hour when sick men topple from the high ledges of themselves and fall into the darkness, suddenly and with no warning, something can be seen to detach itself from the edge of that charmed circle and, through the terrible spaces surrounding, speed towards the earth.
    (Viriconium; M. John Harrison)

    Would you be so kind as to tell me it should mean?

    Thanks.


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    Re: men topple from the high ledges of themselves

    It doesn't make any sense at all to me. I think the author is suffering from some sort of brain fever.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: men topple from the high ledges of themselves

    I'd guess that it means a time at night when people no longer feel so secure and self-confident and are prone to deeper fears and terrors without the protection that they normally have in the day.

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