Notes on a Committee of Souls

Pnin slowly walked under the solemn pines.
The sky was dying.
He did not believe in an autocratic God.
He did believe, dimly,
in a democracy of ghosts.
The souls of the dead, perhaps,
formed committees, and these,
in continuous session,
attended to the destinies
of the quick.
           --- From Pnin           
Vladimar Nabokov           
As quoted by Anthony Lane,           
The New Yorker
10 July 2017           
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