she said it was the thing about the thumb.
i suppose now i don't think any work boils down to one thing---not a good work, anyway---and i'm also suspicious that her conspiratorial thing might've had intentions beyond the scope of that discussion of the book. potentially kind or even wise ones, but, well, still, i undercut it on that level, too.
but the thing about the thumb, and that the thing about the thumb is significant, has stayed with me. and it is a theme i know inside and out. whether that was true before the taking aside, i can only guess, but i suppose there's a good chance it was. i'd picked it out for comment, apparently.
carson mccullers had a rough life.
not that that's here or there. but 'strue.