An irrational preoccupation
Maybe that tidbit will take his mind off this obsession with his past.
If it becomes an obsession of many of the post-Reformation writers, it becomes so by the force majeure of special circumstances rather than in the exercise of an old-established habit.
What was this sudden obsession with her ability to run the ranch, and what made him think she was qualified?
Though he remained, to the end, firm in his belief that there had been an active monarchist party, 2 this obsession did not carry him out of touch with the realities of human nature and of his time.
Society suffers a sort of perpetual obsession, and remains self-hypnotized as it were within a magic circle of traditional views.