Frau Stöhr ... began to talk about how fascinating
it was to cough.... Sneezing was much the same thing.
You kept on wanting to sneeze until you simply
couldn’t stand it any longer; you looked as if
you were tipsy; you drew a couple of breaths,
then out it came, and you forgot everything else
in the bliss of the sensation. Sometimes the explosion
repeated itself two or three times. That was the sort
of pleasure life gave you free of charge.
- Thomas Mann