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Flashes of lightning, resounding thunder, gloomy fog, amazing sunshine…these are the lifestyles manifestations of the skies. The concrete visceral stories that dwelling below these skies stir inside of us are the floor for person impulses, feelings, sentiments that during their interplay generate their very own ever-changing clouds. whereas our mind concentrates at the discovery of our cosmic place, at the structure of the universe, our mind's eye is knowledgeable via the gloomy vapors, the glimmers of fleeting mild, and the consideration of the skies. Reconnoitering from the soil of human lifestyles and striving in the direction of the limitless, the elan of mind's eye will get stuck up within the clouds of the skies. There in that dimness, sensory receptivity, inclinations, feelings, passionate strivings, yearnings, elevations assemble and propagate. From the “Passions of the Skies” spring innermost intuitions that nourish literature and the arts.​

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The other side of the coin, also ancient wisdom, is that love engenders forgiveness, which transcends anger. 38 On a parallel membrane of reality, Avie stayed with Hugo even though she couldn’t orchestrate falling in love with him by means of having sex before marriage. We learn that after marriage she learned to love him, and was not unhappy to have six children and share her life with him until he died. We hear her say that her offspring became simply people she knew. So much is left unsaid about her life, but one imagines quite a lot of compassion and forgiveness, and endless moments of simple attention to family doings.

In other words, he cannot or will not put the energy of his attention on it, this pain of abandoning a woman who loved him, even as she begged him to take her with him, away from her family. If he had done so, he might have indeed looked Grace up later on, as Avie had suggested. If the subterranean axis of this story were attention, Royce and Avie would be rotating around it in very different orbits—one focused on rock formations and the other on human lives and needs. Avie experiences the surface condescension—“prying”—in Royce’s disappointment that she does not leave alone what he most wishes to avoid.

Consciousness itself becomes the act of ordering the contents of sentience, a feeling revealed as a registration of a world external to the sentient being. Nothing else becomes intelligible or cannot be impugned as false since it becomes the only criterion of truth. The universe, the sky and heavens are all dealt with in the novel in order to philosophically pursue questions of truth, reality, perceptions, individual and group identities and ideals which free and constrains oneself. Poniatowska’s novel scrutinizes some of the truths and realities that liberates and traps humanity.

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