We Lay Our Sleeping Lives

“She asked nothing from those she loved except to be able to trust them.  Perhaps that is not nothing, perhaps it is a great deal.  I don’t know, I can’t say.  She only wanted to feel she could surrender herself, her heart and mind, into the loved person’s keeping and be safe there, not be betrayed…..they have the most power to hurt us, those we love.  We lay our sleeping lives within their arms.”

–Ruth Rendell,  The House of Stairs

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