By P.R. Halmos
Halmos P.R. i would like to be a mathematician (Springer, 1985)(ISBN 0387960783)
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I hope when we shall meet next I will explain myself better. K challenged, and still challenges, the whole concept of the subconscious mind, maintaining that there is only one consciousness. The dividing of consciousness into different layers causes friction and conflict. ‘When you become aware of your conditioning you will understand the whole of your consciousness,’ he has said more than once in his talks. * * * * K spent a quiet winter in 1937–38 at Ojai. He loved it there. Ojai is particularly lovely now [he wrote to Lady Emily on January 31, 1938].
While he was writing this, bombs were falling on London. K remained quietly at Ojai during the rest of 1940 and the first six months of ’41, seeing only the Huxleys apart from the Rajagopals and, occasionally, Gerald Heard. Holding a British passport, he had to apply in April for a renewal of his visa. If it was refused he would have to go to India which, he gathered from the few letters he received, was on the brink of revolution. He did not seem at all perturbed at the prospect of having to leave Ojai—he seemed prepared to take it in his stride as he took every change in his life.
As in former days at Castle Eerde these gatherings were by invitation only. Lady Emily now felt too old to attend them or the camps. Towards the end of September K went to Paris where he stayed with Carlo Suarès and his wife Nadine at their eighth-floor apartment at 15 avenue de la Bourdonnais. Carlo Suarès was Spanish and his wife Egyptian. K had known them since 1927 and had become increasingly friendly with them. Suarès had translated several of his books into French. Among friends in Paris was Marcelle de Manziarly whom K had first met in 1920 when she was nineteen.