There are some fabulous quotes in “The Scarlet Letter” about pain.
“In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.” <— This is the best part of how I deal with trauma: during, I think it’s not so bad, but after, I see that it was HORRIFIC.
“She wanted—what some people want throughout life—a grief that should deeply touch her, and thus humanize and make her capable of sympathy.” <— I am all full up of sympathy, thanks! I’d like some joy and indifference to my fellow man, please! I would like to NOT feel all the things all the time.
“A man burdened with a secret should especially avoid the intimacy of his physician.” <–It is WAAAAY too late for me Or maybe it’s too late for my doctors. They really do suffer for my amusement.
“She could no longer borrow from the future to ease her present grief.” <–These are the bad days, when I can’t imagine a future where things will be ok. These are the days I have to hold my breath and believe that there will be a better future. And there will Logically, I know there will be. It’s just hard to see if from here.
I think Nathanial Hawthorne and Hester Prynne were brilliant. Good old New England Morality Tales.