Weight, burden and gift

‘My mother said we all have our cross to bear. She paraded hers like a medieval martyr, notched, gouged, bleeding. She believed in Christ, but not his cross-bearing qualities. She seemed to forget that he had borne the cross, so we don’t have to. Is life a gift or a burden?’

Weight (2005) Jeanette Winterson

A gift can be a burden, but a burden can equally well be a gift…

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About ejpollard

I was awarded my PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in December 2013. My thesis explored the notions of origin and ellipsis in the writing of contemporary British novelist Hilary Mantel. I want this blog to express the ideas I have in and around my academic writing. View all posts by ejpollard

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