“Don’t be afraid; people are so afraid; don’t be afraid to live in the raw wind, naked, alone…Learn at least this: What you are capable of. Let nothing stand in your way.”
This spirit of change is seen in other major characters as well. Harper, a Mormon married to Joe, is a woman given to imagining things, like Mr. Lies, who can only be perceived by her. “People who are lonely, people left alone; sit talking nonsense to the air.” She loves her husband, but finds the feeling is not mutual. In a dream sequence, Prior appears to her to reveal that Joe is gay. Upon questioning Joe denies it but Harper’s doubts and feelings of despair torment her continuously. To escape the agony and make her troubles go away for a while, she takes Valium. It is only when her mother in law joins them and helps her out of her depression is she able to start life anew by moving away from Joe, thus proving that change was essential to healing and life.
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