Quiet Until the Thaw Quotes

Fuller, Alexandra
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“Time was like wind, or currents. It did not plod forward; it could flow backward, or spiral inward, or slide around on a plane.
-- Narrator (Time paragraph 1)

Importance: In this section, the narrator directly addresses the concept of time for the first time. S/he describes it in terms of the natural world, like wind and water that is constantly moving, flowing, and changing direction. This makes sense consdiering it is a concept humans have harnessed and imposed upon the world; therefore, this would be a contrast to institutionalized time. It shows that all time is present in each passing moment, that any memory can be retrieved and revisted because of the energy it contains, and one can think large or small, like "spiral[ing] inward," on a specific moment.

The Lakota and the horse met as sisters and brothers and together they were something more than either nation could produce on its own...
-- Narrator (Indian War Ponies paragraph 2)

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