The thing about crossword puzzles is that all the words in them are on leashes and have been taught to do tricks. Words like that never ask difficult questions or haunt your dreams. They curl up obediently next to you and keep you warm while you rest your brain. You tell yourself that you’ll turn back to wild words eventually—when the fever subsides, when the pain dulls. Meanwhile, you’re accustoming yourself to being entertained by extended paws and subservient positions.
A state of bored restlessness: 5 letters.
to the egress…
the shock of cold air