pp. 12-26 (through "even if this experience can cause him only pain.")
January 29, 2021 by A Public Space
"There is a type of person who who has a quality about him that sets him apart from other and more ordinary human beings. Such a person has an instinct which is usually found in small children, an instinct to establish immediate and vital contact between himself and all things in the world."
Articulating the most inarticulable is McCullers' special talent: here's an ode to dogs and children and all the instinctual beings who have no use for the ordinary language to process an ordinary life.
"A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lilies of the swamps."
The alarming qualities of love: one nearly wants to fit every couple into that mode of the lover vs the beloved and feel the chill.
"The wild crows flew down close to the fields, making swift blue shadows on the earth."
McCullers makes the fleeting into the everlasting: the crows leave an imprint on a reader as gloriously as the sea birds and whales in Moby Dick.