Underneath

One realizes that even in harmonious families there is this double life: the group life, which is the one we can observe in our neighbors’ household, and, underneath, another – secret and passionate and intense – which is the real life that stamps the faces and gives character to the voices of our friends.couple22

Always in his mind each member of these social units is escaping, running away, trying to break the net which circumstances and his own affections have woven about him.

One realizes that human relations are a tragic necessity of human life; that they can never be wholly satisfactory, that every ego is half the time greedily seeking them, and half the time pulling away from them.

In these simple relationships of loving husband and wife, affectionate sisters, children and grandmother, there are innumerable shades of sweetness and anguish which make up the pattern of our lives day by day.

~Willa Cather

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