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“She listens to Beethoven’s late quartets, and she hears them this time as a form of defiance.  Defiance of the hard mercilessness of the world, the stony hate, the hurling of stones.  Not solace, but antidote. Here’s mercy which comes after anger, here’s tenderness which transforms rage. Here is human force, contained in patterns so intricate and at the same time pure that they intimate a knowledge yet unknown.” from Eva Hoffman  Illuminations