She had been in his arms, and he remembered it, just as he remembered the blood on the photographs that she had bought in Alinari's shop. It was not exactly that a man had died; something had happened to the living: they had come to a situation where character tells, and where Childhood enters upon the branching paths of Youth.
'Well, thank you so much,' she repeated. 'How quickly these accidents do happen, and then one returns to the old life!'
Anxiety moved to question him.
His answer was puzzling: 'I shall probably want to live.'
'But why, Mr Emerson? What do you mean?'
'I shall want to live, I say.'
A Room With a View, E. M. Forster