Hjördis Petterson: They think I'm horrible. I think so too. I think I'm horrible. I don't want to answer like I do, but the words just fall from my lips. I bite their heads off although I don't mean it. Then at night when I can't sleep I get so angry with myself. Everything just keeps growing and growing. And I always end up at the very bottom. Whatever I do, things just go wrong. I don't know what to do.
Cecilia Ellius: Mothers aren't always that way we think. They were young once, too, and can't have forgotten about it...
Cissi: We're independent enough to stand on our own two feet, but not independent enough to be able to support the ones we are.married to. Loneliness is our own option.
What do you think loneliness is? A cool serenity, an inviolable security? That's an illusion, Cissi. Real loneliness is a feat.Behind which a constant fear is lurking.