Away Themes & Motifs

Amy Bloom
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When One Must, One Can

'When One Must, One Can' is a saying Lillian is famous for quoting, especially when she is faced with a task that is distasteful or difficult. The first time she uses it in this story is when she asserts herself in front of Meyer and Reuben Burstein, taking charge of a group interview and making sure that she stands out in their minds. When asked about her abilities, she reassures them that she is capable, insisting that when one must, one can.

This saying may not be repeated by Lillian out loud often, but her general behavior and demeanor tell the reader that it is her mantra and her constant companion as she goes from one difficult situation to another while on the road to Siberia where her daughter Sophie was taken.

Lillian's next opportunity to think of this phrase would be...

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