“Rosa clung to the shawl as if it covered only herself. No one took it away from her. Magda was mute. She never cried. Rosa hid her in the barracks, under the shawl, but she knew that one day someone would inform…”
This shawl is mentioned throughout the novella. CYNTHIA OZICK also looks at time: present, past and future in many different ways. Parts of THE Shawl are thick with meaning. This is the type of literature which deserves to be read and thought about over and over again. It made me think about what it’s like to live through a bigger than life tragedy. What happens to people after the tragedy? How do they process what they have seen, heard, done, etc.?
“Once I thought the worst was the worst, after that nothing could be the worst. But now I see, even after the worst there’s still more.”