UnderLines ("But what do the dead say?")

i've always been obsessed with Other People's Underlines...I have spent minutes that were actually hours, pouring over library shelves and the musty (but cozy) smelling rows of printed matter in used book stores, combing through book after book - titles I've read and titles I haven't - to discover what little marks have been made, what symbols others employ to show importance or ready a contention with the author ... i could go on and on about the histories that have yet to be written from an anthropological study of underlines ...

but instead, i am going to share one, the only one in this title, and one of the very few i have ever found in any books once formerly owned by my mother ...

(in red link, underlined)

"You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time."

(and a red 'X', just after the closing of the above quoted paragraph)

"But what do the dead say?"

(from Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun

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