How we cite our quotes:
"Making the gravel leap and leap in air,
Leap up, like that, like that, and land so lightly" (79-80)
So in the wife's eyes, her husband's grief is, well, nonexistent. She's basing this on how she sees him behave outwardly, but to give the guy some credit, it's possible he's just hiding his true feelings.
"No, from the time when one is sick to death,
One is alone, and he dies more alone." (104-105)
Well, Shmoopers, it doesn't get more depressing than that. Pardon us while we pound a pint of Chunky Monkey.
"But the world's evil. I won't have grief so
If I can change it. Oh, I won't, I won't!" (110-111)
Even though the woman is down in the dumps, she thinks of the world as a place that she can change. But this raises the question: How would she have grief? What does her ideal grief look like?