But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7. Epigraph from David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Most of you, I am sure, remember the tragic circumstances of the death of Geoffrey Clifton at Gilf Kebir, followed later by the disappearance of his wife, Katharine Clifton, which took place during the 1939 desert expedition in search of Zerzura.
I cannot begin this meeting tonight without referring very sympathetically to those tragic occurrences.
The lecture this evening…
From the minutes of the Geographical Society meeting of November 194-, London. Epigraph of The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.