47% done with The Leopard

So much imagery of violent death and even putrefaction amid beauty. The Prince sees the world as only a man his age can see it: with death and decomposition nibbling about the edges of all life.

And then there is the futility of politics. Even a man of his power (even waning as it is) is at best just one vote and at worse that one vote can be changed by whoever wants it changed

He’s feeling life getting away