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“No daughter is ever her mother's darling. That spot is always reserved for the son.”
“Sons do not need you. / They're always out of your reach; / Walking strange waters.”
“However kind sons may be disposed to be, they cannot be daughters to a Mother.”
“Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. 'Stop!' cried the groaning old man at last, 'Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree.'”
“Your sons weren't made to like you. That's what grandchildren are for.”
“Wherever my son is, I do not know. / This is the womb that carried him, / like a stone cave / lived in by a tiger and now abandoned. / It is on the battlefield that you will find him.”
“Indeed, the tie is stronger than that between father and son and father and daughter ... The bond is also more complex than the one between mother and daughter. For a woman, a son offers the best chance to know the mysterious male existence.”