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Disgrace

Disgrace

by J.M. Coetzee

Suffering Quotes Page 4

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Quote #10

It is a young male with a withered left hindquarter which it drags behind it. Whether it was born like that he does not know. No visitor has shown an interest in adopting it. Its period of grace is almost over; soon it will have to submit to the needle. (24.12)

This is a pretty pathetic image. This dog has to suffer through life with an unusable leg, and it is also unwanted – perhaps because of its disability. We can imagine that for the dog, daily life leaves something to be desired. Why is this dog pertinent to our discussion of suffering? Is it possible that watching it and knowing it will die adds to David's own suffering?

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