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We need, in any case, to clean our windows; so that the things seen clearly may be freed from the drab blur of triteness or familiarity...
This triteness is really the penalty of “appropriation”: the things that are trite, or (in a bad sense) familiar, are the things that we have appropriated, legally or mentally. We say we know them. They have become like the things which once attracted us by their glitter, or their colour, or their shape, and we laid hands on them, and then locked them in our hoard, acquired them, and acquiring ceased to look at them. — J.R.R. Tolkien