Water for Elephants
I speak first. "Has he ever hit you before?"
"If he does it again, I swear to God I'll kill him."
"If he does it again, you won't have to," she says quietly. (18.203-206)
"I'm not going to sit here and listen to you tell me that it's okay for August to hit her because she's his wife. Or that it's not his fault because he's insane. If he's insane, that's all the more reason she should stay away." (20.81)
He lowers his glass without drinking. I cock my head and keep smiling. Let him examine me. Just let him. Today I am invincible. (21.90)