People are drawn deeper into tragedy not by their defects but by their virtues . . . Oedipus is drawn into tragedy not because of laziness or stupidity, but because of his courage and honesty.
"When I was fifteen," Miss Saeki says with a smile, "all I wanted was to go off to some other world, a place beyond anybody's reach. A place beyond the flow of time."
"But there's no place like that in this world."
"Exactly. Which is why I'm living here, in this world where things are continually damaged, where the heart is fickle, where time flows past without a break."