" It is sobering to recall that though the Japenese relocation program, carried through at such incalculable coast in misery and tragedy, was justified on the ground that the Japenese were potentially disloyal, the record does not disclose a single case of Japenese disloyalty or sabotage during the whole war...
- Henry Steele Commager
Life has left her footprints on my forehead
But I have become a child again this morning
The smile, seen through leaves and flowers,
is back, to smooth
Away the wrinkles
As the rains wipe away footprints
on the beach. Again a
Cycle of borth and death begins.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
React to the following two passages that open the novel. Why did Houston choose these two? Why print them together?