| Quote #7
"I told him that if he wanted to do any good […] – here was the time. And the way. To see that the Medical Center was run right. And even expanded." (6.189)
Anne's words evoke a more positive vision of America in the novel. Anne, Adam, and Willie all care about the sick, and the poor. They dedicate their lives to helping those in need .
| Quote #8
When a few months ago I found him sick in the room above the Mexican restaurant, what could I do but bring him here? (10.493)
This is a vision of compassion and empathy. After the tragedies and after the truth is revealed, Jack's vision of himself has changed, and with it his visions of America. This vision now includes Ellis Burden.
| Quote #9
But I still had the money, and so I am spending it to live on while I write the book I began years ago, the life of Cass Mastern […]. (10.450)
That Jack has the freedom to write such a story is hopeful. And though the story of Cass Mastern presents a grim vision of America, it also presents a courageous and hopeful vision of an American man who tries to do the right thing against all odds.