"Perhaps it was the over-sized monastic robe hanging from her small frame, but Mother looked like a butterfly resting with its wings neatly folded [...] It was the freedom, the lightness of being released from all the things that weighed her down in this life."
"No one wants to watch a long, boring movie a second time. But when the movie is profound and abstruse, one might watch it again hoping to understand it better." -- Park Wan-suh
"Our village was a beautiful place. When the apricot trees came into full bloom, milk vetches and violets covered the fields and knolls."
"My sister immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, so more than thirty years have passed. During that time, she never once set foot in her home country.
"a job that led nowhere for women after years of devotion and hard work."
"What Aran had clung to was not Hun's tired body; it was the hope that one day, oh, someday, a butterfly would emerge from the cocoon and spread its wings."
"Thirty-five times that -- this calculation gave Aran a realistic understanding of her windfall. Her sense of self swelling up like a balloon, she floated up from the edge of the disfigured sculpture that had been the subject of an absurd pseudo-philosophy.""Could all this be a mere dream? She wanted to share this surreal freedom with someone so that it wouldn't blow away like a puff of smoke."
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