In Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight in Florida after winning most of the primaries that mattered on Super Tuesday, she aimed for a tone of righteous struggle:
We have to make strong the broken places, restitch the bonds of trust and respect across our country.
That echo you’re hearing, intentional or not, is Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms:
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
It’s usually quoted these days to signify struggling through adversity and dark times. Hemingway meant it more bleakly, of course:
But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.
Hemingway was right, when all is said and done. But here’s hoping that Clinton’s take wins the day.