"...Why would God plant such deep yearnings in us ... if they only come to nothing?' It was more of a sigh than a question. I was thinking of Charlotte and her longing to be free, but as the words left my mouth, I knew I was thinking of myself, too.
I hadn't really expected Lucretia to respond, but after a moment she spoke. 'God fills us with all sorts of yearnings that go against the grain of the world--but the fact those yearnings often come to nothing, well, I doubt that's God's doing.' She cut her eyes at me and smiled. 'I think we know that's man's doing.'
She leaned toward me. 'Life is arranged against us, Sarah. And it's brutally worse for Handful and her mother and sister. We're all yearning for a wedge of sky, aren't we? I suspect God plants these yearnings in us so we'll at least try and change the course of things. We must try, that's all.'"