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Money is only significant (that "dead, unlovely" notion again) in the context of a dehumanizing system; it is "an absurd God, the absurdest that men, in their madness, ever bowed down before and worshipped" (8).
My dear James, My bloody health has played me it in once more in the absurdest fashion, and the creature who now addresses you is but a stringy and white-faced bouilli out of the pot of fever: sub-acute rheumatism, whispers the doctor; the congested kidney, the genial pleuritic rub, the familiar recalcitrant liver, the aching constipated gall-duct, the swimming headache, and the devil to pay in every corner of the economy.
Dumas' version of the Orestes was `one of the absurdest things I ever saw'.