Friday, August 17, 2007

Ma Joad on Suffering

'And Ma went on,

"They's a time of change, an' when that comes, dyin' is a piece of all dyin', and bearin' is a piece of all bearin', an' bearin' and dyin' is two pieces of the same thing.

"An' then things ain't lonely any more. An' then a hurt don't hurt so bad, 'cause it ain't a lonely hurt no more, Rosaharn.

"I wisht I could tell you so you'd know, but I can't."

And her voice was so soft, so full of love, that tears crowded into Rose of Sharon's eyes, and flowed over her eyes and blinded her.'

John Steinbeck
"The Grapes of Wrath"