The movies great appeal is not simple voyeurism, as so many people assume. It is the voyeurism of loss.

Leo Charney Empty Moments: Cinema Modernity and Drift

Following his affirmation came training: anonymous country houses, anonymous instructors, a good deal of travel and, looming ever larger, the fantastic prospect of working completely alone.

John le Carre, Call for the Dead (1961), the first George Smiley novel.