the state or situation of being alone.
“she savored her few hours of freedom and solitude”
synonyms: loneliness, solitariness, isolation, seclusion, sequestration, withdrawal, privacy, peace
In Michael Sandel’s Justice Discussion Guide (part 10) regarding solitude, he poses these questions: “Aristotle thinks that the reasoned life of an engaged citizen is a necessary part of a good human life. Is he right? Suppose someone chooses to live alone in the woods, away from the hustle and bustle of communal life. Is there something less good, and less fully human, about a life spent in solitude and isolation? Would it be better to spend one’s life living in a community of equals?”
I ask, “Is the lady in the library abdicating her role as an engaged citizen, choosing instead the solitude of personal thought, or does this solitude allow her to become more engaged?”