Lonely was much better than alone
("The Bluest Eye")
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Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.
You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction. It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question.
You your best thing, Sethe. You are.
Milkman could hardly breathe. Hagar's voice scooped up what little pieces of heart he had left to call his own.
They seemed to have taken all of their smoothly cultivated ignorance, their exquisitely learned self-hatred, their elaborately designed hopelessness and sucked it all up into a fiery cone of scorn that had burned for ages in the hollows of their minds - cooled - and spilled over lips of outrage, consuming whatever was in its path.
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