Flannery O’Connor: “the Price of Restoration”

There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.  The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it.  His sense of evil is diluted or lacking all together, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration.”

Flannery O’Connor, The Grotesque in Southern Fiction

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