‘You’re pretty crazy, aren’t you,’ said Philip. ‘I have to go to Sydney. Better come with me. I’ll pay.’
Perhaps there was a world where people could act on whims, where deeds could detach themselves cleanly from all notion of consequences. Perhaps this never-quite-present Philip might be that mythical creature, a man who was utterly scrupulous and who was yet prepared to do anything. Perhaps she too might never apologise, never explain.
Can we say the part in bold simply mean: as there people could act on whims they never thought about the consequences of their acts?
Does "notion of consequences" mean: our thoughts about the consequences of our deeds?
Source: The Children's Bach by Helen Garner