Sometimes We Just Need to Read a Good Children's Book

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Maddie’s entry on Margaret Edson’t Wit made me consider the purpose behind includingthe story of The Runaway Bunny.  The reading of the book to Vivian really touched me as it did Maddie.  It conjures up memories from childhood.  Here is Vivian, alone and dying and her professor comes back and reads her a children’s story.  In the end, Vivian does not want to hear Donne’s poems recited, it is a simply story of love that she wants to hear.  Donne’s work so full of questions that never are answered serve as no comfort for Vivian.  It was peace that Vivian needed which Susie and The Runaway Bunny gave her, not resuscitation for a continued struggle. 

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