| Quote #4
"Thank you," she said softly.
Francisco presents one of the book's more paradoxical ideas here: that some happiness exists even in the midst of pain. Francisco underwent a lot of bad times when he joined the strike, but by living his values fully, he found some degree of happiness.
| Quote #5
"I can't ask you to forgive me – we're far beyond such terms – and the only atonement I can offer you is the fact that I am happy. That I am happy, my darling, not that I suffer. I am happy that I have seen the truth – even if the power of sight is all that's left to me now." (126.96.36.199)
Hank takes a rather non-traditional view of happiness, and of breaking-up with someone, when he finds happiness in the truth. Hank also importantly links happiness and "sight" here, which ties into ideas of not living in denial and of facing reality.
| Quote #6
"Are they? They have a weapon against you. It's their only weapon, but it's a terrible one. Ask yourself what it is, some time."
Francisco calls Hank out on his unhappiness, which fits with the Objectivist idea that happiness is the goal of life.