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Tagged as: Ellis Island. Mark Helprin. The Schreuderspitze. starvation. pleasant.

The starvation was pleasant. It made him sleepy and its constant physical presence gave him companionship. He sat for hours watching the snow, feeling as if he were part of it, as if the diminution of his body were great progress, as if such lightening would lessen his sorrow and bring him to the high rim of things he had not seen before, things which would help him and show him what to do and make him proud just for coming upon them. "The Schreuderspitze" Ellis Island, Mark Helprin
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