The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James

The novel revolves around a man who lives his life in fear of an unknown catastrophe, which he refers to as "the beast in the jungle". He spends his entire life waiting for this event, ignoring opportunities for love and happiness in the process. In the end, he realizes that the catastrophe he feared was the wasted potential of his own life, having spent it in anticipation of a disaster that never came.

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