a bullet-proof overcoat of shaven and plastified leather, ready to withstand any long and frightful pressure: strenuously, impassionately, without submitting, but without hope.
[…] a revel after long privation and swoon : the frolicking of returning energy, of newly awakened belief in a tomorrow and after-tomorrow ; a sudden perception and prescience of a future, of near adventures, of seas once more open, and aims once more permitted and believed in.
And what was now all behind me! This track of desert, exhaustion, unbelief, and frigidity in the midst of youth, this advent of grey hair at the wrong time.
(Friedrich Nietzsche, The Joyful Wisdom, Preface)
COATED COW-HIDE LEATHER