Pessimism is not my nature. I think I’ve always been hopeful and optimistic in my way of looking at the world. What I created in Quichotte was an enormous crackpot exaggeration of that. So here’s this old geezer, from nowhere, who decides that this extraordinarily beautiful, powerful, wealthy, successful, famous young woman is going to be his. And there’s absolutely no reason in the world to believe that that’s going to be true. And yet, he never gives up. He says: ‘Love will find a way.’ He’s hopeful and optimistic all the way through the book, and what I felt was that I wanted to take that optimism – which, yes, is also my optimism – and propel that across an American landscape, which may have much darker elements.