“Wasn't that just men all over? The strength of their bodies was their strength as human beings. Even Remak, who had no actual body anymore, was trapped by this pattern of thought.”
“Or, she realized as her brain began to put things in order, it had been there all along. She had just forgotten to notice it. It was not the experience of suddenly seeing something that had been hidden, but more of suddenly remembering to look.”
“Rose knew about being alone. Until Mal had come to her, she barely ever spoke but to answer questions at work, and yet being with Mal sometimes made the isolation resound even more powerfully. Loneliness was no stranger to Rose. But this was a sort of solitude she had never imagined.”
“He was supposed to protect her, be the strength for her. She managed their life, the apartment, the food, the clothes. Mal was supposed to be the strength.”
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