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While Dad Lewis is clinically determined with terminal melanoma, he and his spouse needs to interact, in addition to their daughter, to make his ultimate days as cozy as attainable, regardless of the sour absence in their estranged son. round the corner, a tender woman strikes in together with her grandmother and contends with the stories that Dad’s situation stirs up of her personal mother’s loss of life. A newly arrived preacher makes an attempt to fix his strained relationships together with his spouse and son, and shortly faces the disdain of his congregation while he bargains greater than they're used to getting on Sunday mornings. And all through, an aged widow and her middle-aged daughter do all they could to ease the soreness in their buddies and pals.
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To retrace one's steps: to feed one's fear. It's a very abstract circumstance; the forest causes the person who has gotten lost in it to walk. He goes round in a circle, believing he's finding the way out. To be driven crazy is the fate of the lost person. The forest has no other end but the trees he sees, no other edge but his inner rounds, no other center but his anxiety. Being neither a fox nor an owl, he remains forever alien to what is around him, alien to the forest, with no way out, but enclosed by nothing.
Adam, don't listen to Sokrat," Jessica said to me, taking my arm. "Even though it isn't really like him, our friend feels sad when he thinks of tomorrow. Let's leave him to drink away his sorrow and go out for some air. " Snow was falling in the night. The first snow of the year had begun falling the night before I was to leave. It had already covered the road and the underbrush; the darkness before us was streaked by the slow fall of the flakes. Her hands resting on the wooden balustrade, Jessica was silent; her fur collar now and then caught a pale flake of snow, downy as a ball of mimosa.
But from a distance, Adam, it still creates an illusion. " "Now, I'd like you to visit my rock. We'll have to walk a little, but you'll see what an ideal place I've discovered for sunbathing and swimming where no one can see me. " 45 AEREA IN THE FORESTS OF MANHATTAN June, already wearing her blue straw hat, rolled up the bath towels she had put out to dry under the vine in our courtyard, and while she laced up her leather sandals, I slipped on my white espadrilles, fully conscious of the solemn, intimate nature of this first visit to the island.