What does Alexandra mean when she says “We pay a high rent, too, though we pay differently”?
In the big cities, rent is due in the form of cash to a landlord in exchange for space. On the Divide, beyond paying off mortgage debts, one never really "owns" the land unless one finds a way to tame it and make it livable. There are high costs to this: in sweat equity, in loneliness, in immobility, and more. It is a reminder that all people struggle differently, but all people struggle nonetheless.
Between Carl and the Bergson siblings, which do you think is more truly “free”?
This is one of the most important questions of the whole book. Both Carl and the...
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