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It is not from criticism but from this world that stories come in the beginning; their origins are living reference plain to the writer’s eye, even though to his eye alone. The writer’s mind and heart, where all this exterior is continually becoming something–the moral, the passionate, the poetic, hence the shaping idea–can’t be mapped and plotted.
–Eudora Alice Welty, The Eye of the Story p. 109 (1979)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”