Curiosity can become a disinterested passion, and yield intimate and immediate satisfaction like any other impulse.
But next morning I perceived clearly enough that my curiosity regarding the Palace of Green Porcelain was a piece of self-deception, to enable me to shirk, by another day, an experience I dreaded.
But by this may more evidently be discerned, wherein pleasure andwherein curiosity is the object of the senses; for pleasure seekethobjects beautiful, melodious, fragrant, savoury, soft; butcuriosity, for trial’s sake, the contrary as well, not for the sake ofsuffering annoyance, but out of the lust of making trial and knowingthem.
But the greatest curiosity, upon which the fate ofthe island depends, is a loadstone of a prodigious size, in shaperesembling a weaver’s shuttle.
Curiosity as to things relative to Eugene was at this time the dominant characteristic of her life.