Why did elie pray and why did he cry when he prayed?

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Elie could not answer the reason for why he prayed, nor, why he cried.

He had watched me one day as I prayed at dusk.

"Why do you cry when you pray?" he asked, as though he

knew me well.

"I don't know," I answered, troubled.

I had never asked myself that question. I cried because

because something inside me felt the need to cry. That was all

I knew.

"Why do you pray?" he asked after a moment.

Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did

I breathe?

"I don't know," I told him, even more troubled and ill at ease.

"I don't know."


Night/ Chapter One