Ezra’s relationships seem to have been less intimate than Esther’s,

although his passion for privacy makes it difficult to be

sure.  What is certain is that he had considerable charm,

and that this brought him many enduring friendships which were

important to him.  His marriage gave him security; his financial

success supported his self-esteem.  But, like Esther, Ezra was prone

to depression which made him shy away from introspection.  His

work was based on external observation, owing as little as

possible to self-examination. One might say that Ezra evaded introspection,

deeming it an unhealthy endeavor that only fostered bleak self-obsession.


Paraphrases from Solitude: A Return to the Self, by Anthony Storr.