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Filling Station

Filling Station

by Elizabeth Bishop

Love Quotes

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Quote #4

[…] cans
so that they softly say:
ESSO-SO-SO-SO
to high-strung automobiles. (36-39)

The way Bishop puts it here, it seems as though the oilcans love the cars. And suddenly, there's a tenderness added to the scene.

Quote #5

Somebody loves us all. (40)

This says it all, don't you think? There's love for every person and thing, even in a cruddy old filling station. This definitely rings out as the Big Message line. The question is, is the speaker being sarcastic here? Or just plain old corny?

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