Attention must be paid

I love this quote, from a play I haven't read since the first time 15 years ago. That final repetition is so forlorn, like she's given up before she's even said it.

I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.

- Linda about her husband Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

On growing up

"What frightened me was the excitement I felt when death became possible, visible, bared its teeth and raised its knife in Indian moonlight. There was so much more I wanted that I could not name, and brushing mortality, all those hot dog moments, helped me name it. Was this all there was? When would something dangerous and cruel ever happen to me?"

- Meera Syal, Anita and Me, p.37