Charles Dickens

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The Long Voyage

On New Year's Eve, a man sits by a fire, reading and recalling accounts of exotic and perilous journeys.

"Why does this traveller's fate obscure, on New Year's Eve, the other histories of travellers with which my mind was filled but now, and cast a solemn shadow over me! Must I one day make his journey? Even so. Who shall say, that I may not then be tortured by such late regrets: that I may not then look from my exile on my empty place and undone work?"