The Hour of the Star
by Clarice Lispector
The Hour of the Star Suffering Quotes
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Sometimes before falling asleep she felt the pangs of hunger and became quite giddy as she visualized a side of beef. The solution was to chew paper into pulp and swallow it. Honestly! (3.74)
Macabéa is so hungry that she resorts to eating paper while fantasizing about beef. Moments like this are weird, because it's hard to believe the narrator talking about how happy Macabéa is when he gives us such specific details of her suffering.
There wasn't a trace of human misery in the girl. She carried within her an aura of innocence. (3.100)
Apparently Macabéa's innocence is so pure that she doesn't even suffer. It's like she makes her own reality—but we can't help feeling that we'd still rather have someone else's reality.