"But as long as the corners of the room remained in shadow, she could almost believe it was a painting: a minor effort by a would-be Sickert, in which wallpaper and wardrobe mirror offered the same creepy green. Was that why people went on leaving home to struggle with luggage and exchange rates? Not for the shot at novelty or adventure, profit or escape, but in the hope that their lives would be lifted into art?
The problem was that the mirror always held her, too: untransformed in the foreground of the scene."
Michelle de Kretser, Questions of Travel, Allen&Unwin, 2013