‘We are what we see.’

And because this was so—we are what we see—once a person had witnessed the vision, that person’s life would be razed like a twig shack by its annihilating force . . . a juggernaut that was like a whale rearing up beneath a tiny raft and hurling its inhabitant, and the petty utensils he had foolishly believed could protect him, to the far corners of the earth. Or maybe not a whale, for sometimes the shadows cast by shapes overhead—clouds, for example—had a way of resembling gigantic things looming up from beneath the water’s surface, so perhaps the devastation came from above . . .”

LOOK AT ME, JENNIFER EGAN, ANCHOR BOOKS, 2001

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