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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
"Why do you pray?" he asked after a moment.
Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did
"I don't know," I told him, even more troubled and ill at ease.
"I don't know."
Night/ Chapter One