Wherever she alights she attracts at once the love of some boy or girl; or the exacting admiration of a man of the world like her disagreeable cousin Bussy Rabutin, who cannot rest under her disapproval, but must be assured of her good opinion in spite of all his treachery.
The nature imagery in one passage emphasizes the inevitability of death in the universal sweep. Is the true self this which stands on the pavement in January, or that which bends over the balcony in June? Once the thief no longer has the knife, the boy responds to the thief in a way similar to how he responded to others they encountered.
The cliffs stand out to sea, one behind another. Here is the garden that Europe has been digging for many centuries; into which so many generations have poured their blood; here it is at last fertilized, bearing flowers.
Analysis The incident with the thief presents a major conflict in The Road. It floats us smoothly down a stream; resting, pausing, the brain sleeps perhaps as it looks.
And so one turned back home, with one's mind fixed on the sailor and his wife, making up picture after picture of them so that one picture after another of happiness and satisfaction might be laid over that unrest, that hideous cry, until it was crushed and silenced by their pressure out of existence.
But he's a good man.