Miss Lonelyhearts Returns
Here is the beginning of the end. Here is the first pulled thread.
"Several days later, they started to drive back to the city. When they reached the Bronx slums, Miss Lonelyhearts knew that Betty had failed to cure him and that he had been right when he said he could never forget the letters."
"Crowds of people moved through the street with a dream-like violence. As he looked at their broken hands and torn mouths he was overwhelmed by the desire to help them, and because this desire was sincere, he was happy despite the feeling of guilt which accompanied it."
"Prodded by his conscience, he began to generalize. Men have always fought their misery with dreams. Although dreams were once powerful, they have been made puerile by the movies, radio and newspapers. Among many betrayals this one is the worst."
"The thing that made his share in it particularly bad was that he was capable of dreaming the Christ dream."
"He died nailed to a tree for you. His gift to you is suffering and it is only through suffering that you can know Him. Cherish this gift, for..."
And then the letter from "Broad Shoulders." A crushing blow.