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Age of Iron
Age of Iron
by J.M. Coetzee
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Age of Iron Suffering Quotes Page 4

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Grief past weeping. I am hollow, I am a shell. To each of us fate sends the right disease. Mine a disease that eats me out from inside. Were I to be opened up they would find me hollow as a doll, a doll with a crab sitting inside licking its lips, dazed by the flood of light. (3.221)

One of the biggest side effects of Mrs. Curren's suffering is the sense of hopelessness it gives her. She feels like her cancer has transformed her into somebody else entirely – she literally seems to think that nothing is left of her old self.

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