The Things They Carried

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See Important Quotations Explained. One eye was shut, and the other looked like a star-shaped hole. He imagines that the boy began studying at the university in Saigon inthat he avoided politics and favored calculus. He notices that the butterfly has disappeared. His guilt almost takes on its own rhythm in the repetition of ideas, phrases, and observations. At the same time, his focus on these physical characteristics, rather than on his own feelings, betrays his attempt to keep some distance in order to dull the pain. Ironically, the similarity that he imagines is a consolation for him, despite the implication that he has killed a replica of himself. He imagines that like himself, the man is a student who, in the presence of his family, pretended to look forward to doing his patriotic duty.

A couple describing the depths of their love to each other just gets us every time. Not the adoration of butterflies and stomach knots—but add the blurring of self and the entanglement with another soul. Love is a word that is much also soft and used far too a lot to ever describe the fierce, boundless and blazing passion that I allow in my heart for you. You are a million dreams and a million prayers of a little child come true. You are kind. You are silly. You are intelligent. Your laugh is contagious and you be able to put away an entire Baskin Robbins ice cream cake in one meeting like nobody else can. You accept my strengths and accept my faults.