May 03 2013 ∞
“ At first Jimmy would rush to their aid: he was tender-hearted, he’d been told, and nothing if not chivalrous. He’d draw out of them their stories of hurt, he’d apply himself to them like a poultice. But soon the process would reverse and Jimmy would switch from bandager to bandagee. These women would begin to see how fractured he was, they’d want to help him gain perspective on life and access the positive aspects of his own spirituality. They saw him as a creative art project: the raw material, Jimmy in his present gloomy form; the end product, a happy Jimmy.
— Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (via adorableandlicentious)