The Road

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“He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.”

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This quote emphasizes the way in which some universal truth suddenly comes into focus from the point of view of that character. From his point of view the world keep moving - "relentless circling" - and there is a darkness that cannot be understood or changed - "implacable." We get the picture of dogs pulling the sun across the sky but they are "blind" and thus are unable to understand what they are doing. Life is like the two hunted animals hiding from the pursuer knowing that the cover will probably reveal them eventually. Everything about the world is temporary, "borrowed" for only a short period of time.