The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
How we cite our quotes:
"Praise the Lord," they sighed, "he's ours!" (8)
The villagers are united in claiming the drowned man collectively,
At the final moment it pained them to return him to the waters as an orphan and they chose a father and mother from among the best people, and aunts and uncles and cousins, so that through him all the inhabitants of the village became kinsmen. (12)
This is a key line in the story. The drowned man demonstrates that mythology has the ability to bring together a society through common beliefs and hopes.