The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from O Pioneers! by Willa Cather:|
glad when they put out the lamp and left her.
As she lay alone in the dark, it occurred to her
for the first time that perhaps she was actually
tired of life. All the physical operations of life
seemed difficult and painful. She longed to be
free from her own body, which ached and was
so heavy. And longing itself was heavy: she
yearned to be free of that.
As she lay with her eyes closed, she had again,
more vividly than for many years, the old illu-