January 29, 2009

Page 252

What is it that makes Cuyler Goodwill walk home at the end of the day with the sun still hot and yellow overhead, what makes him whistle the way he does?  I've already said he likes to stretch his cramped muscles after his hours of toil, and I imagine - this is a particular fancy of mine - that he likes to extend his very limbs, to feel himself grow taller, bigger, stronger as he moves closer to home, closer to the man he is about to become.  A husband.  A lover.  He is awaited.  This is an unlooked-for gift of happiness - to be awaited. 

- The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields

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