Mood 226 "That afternoon Beret was in childbed…the grim struggle marked Per Hansa for life; he had fought his way through many a hard fight, but they had all been as nothing compared with this…had ridden the frail keel of a capsized boat on the Lofoten seas, had seen the huge, combing waves snatch away his comrades one by one, and had rejoiced in the thought that the end would soon come for him also; but things of that sort had been mere child’s play…this was the uttermost darkness…neither beginning nor end—only an awful void in which he groped alone." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth. Black hole.
Mood 323 "He watched his wife covering the windows at night, and felt both sad and angry; but when he saw how everything was growing on the farm—meadows and fields, cattle and youngsters—then he was filled with an exultant joy that made him momentarily forget his wife’s condition." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth. Achievement.
Mood 334 "His utter impotence in the face of this tragedy threw him into an uncontrollable fury; he lost all restraint over himself." Rölvaag, Giants in the Earth. Out of control.
Mood 8 "Every cell of her body was alive...." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. Surging life.
Mood 183 "If that woman is on the side of the angels, then I have no choice: I must be on the side of the devil." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. Angels and Devils.