One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
He'd learned to keep his whole mind on the food he was eating. (258)
[Senka had] escaped death by some miracle, and now he was serving his time quietly. Kick up a fuss, he said, and you're done for.
He was right there. Best to grin and bear it. Dig in your heels and they'll break you in two. (268-7)
But then, of course, Kildigs could count on a square meal, he got two parcels every month, he had color in his cheeks, and didn't look like a convict at all. He could afford to see the funny side. (293)