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The Colonel
The Colonel
by Carolyn Forché

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Quote #4

There was some talk of how difficult it had become to govern. (16)

Again, it's like the talk exists in a bubble, cut off from the speakers. This is just a summary of the conversation, a kind of condensed transcript. It too looks like this is just for show. Are we really supposed to feel sympathy for the difficulty of governing?

Quote #5

The parrot said hello from the terrace. (17)

You can't blame a bird from trying. He's the only one to try to make friendly contact with the visitors, and he just gets shot down. No, not literally—at least, not yet.

Quote #6

My friend said to me with his eyes: say nothing. (19)

That's a lot of silent saying. Notice also that the eyes—key elements in providing witness—are communicating where words cannot.

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