One quote from the “Blind” chapter really stuck out to me. It’s the one that starts with “I see it all through a mist” on page 101 and ends with “We are one body, suffering and bleeding” on page 102. It captures how shared this experience is between everyone in the novel. Borden acknowledges that they’re going through a horrifying experience that has left them numb and confused in a way, hence the “mist,” but she’s “never been so close before to human beings.” Whether she personally knows these soldiers or not, she feels that she knows what they’re going through and can read what they’re “saying” through their facial expressions. Reading this part and thinking about this solidarity also made me think about the collective experience people have gone through during tragedies in the modern era, especially the American people after 9/11. This war brought some people together but also tore the world apart–the ultimate irony when it comes to thinking about solidarity.