He envied his friend's real life, with its rude beauty (and beautiful rudeness) which continually surpassed Jaromil's existence (he had no idea why they arrested the dark-haired man, he only knew that it had to be done). Face to face with a friend his same age, he once again bitterly realized that he had not yet penetrated into real life.
(M. Kundera. Life is Elsewhere.)
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