"She loved life, but at times felt compelled to withdraw from it. She loved people, yet felt that she sometimes repelled them. There were times when she felt she could draw no nourishment from any human relationship, that she was inexorably set apart─as though she were locked inside a very small room in which there was no light. She was sure that something marvelous was going on just outside her door, but after a few vain attempts to get out, she decided that it was safer and warmer within. Locked in her inner room, she would not have to risk being an object of ridicule, sympathy, or even worse, indifference."