"'....you make a breach in the balcony of a failing bank, a rear balcony that nobody used.'
'Sometime one does more than that,' said Baba, 'a few hundreds of thousands of balconies blown to bits!'
'Well, yes, chéri, but there are so many, many balconies, too many in the cities, that no one ever thinks of using.' Cécile exclaimed wearily, as if feeling suddenly oppressed by the weight of all the superfluous and useless balconies in the world."
-- today's quoted passage from HIDDEN FACES (1944) a novel by Salvador Dali.