"Some dogs simply do not know how to play, especially if they have had neglectful or abusive owners who did not give them toys" — I’m beginning to think this is the case with my Mishka, she has picked up a toy three times in all the time she’s been with us, at first we thought it was because she just had pups, but after more than 9 months, she’s healthy, happy, but still looks at our other dog playing like he’s crazy or something. She would break out running when outdoors and unleashed, but as to the playing no real breakthrough as of yet.
Erroll Le Cain, The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Eduardo Galeano - “La mala racha”
“Gregor’s serious wound, from which he suffered for over a month - the apple remained embedded in his flesh as a visible souvenir since no one dared to remove it - seemed to have reminded even his father that Gregor was a member of the family, in spite of his present pathetic and repulsive shape, who could not be treated as an enemy; that on the contrary, it was the commandment of family duty to swallow their disgust and endure him, endure him and nothing more.” -Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis