"Like them, I wanted to throw a stone into the sea. Just at that moment I stopped, dropped the stone and left. Probably I looked somewhat foolish or absent-minded, because the children laughed behind my back."
"I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other."
"I suppose it is out of laziness that the world is the same day after day. Today it seemed to want to change.
And then anything, anything could happen."
"The tone does not correspond in any way to her face. It is not tragic, it is... horrible: it expresses a dry despair, without tears, without pity. Yes, something in her has irremediably dried out."