A Crowd of Souls

Andreas Feininger’s 1949 photograph of commuters crowded aboard the Staten Island ferry, which runs between Manhattan and Staten Island.

Today’s reading of Saul Bellow’s The Victim offered up this evocative sentence:

The mass of passengers on the open deck was still, like a crowd of souls, each concentrating on its destination.

In this case the destination was Manhattan, but perfect is the evocation of Charon’s ferry transporting souls across the Styx and Acheron.

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