Behind the newspaper Julian was withdrawing into the inner compartment of his mind where he spent most of his time. This was a kind of mental bubble in which he established himself when he could not bear to be a part of what was going on around him. From it he could see out and judge but in it he was safe from any kind of penetration from without. It was the only place where he felt free of general idiocy of his fellows. His mother had never entered it but from it he could see her with absolute clarity.

—Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge

I just looked up the word threnody