“But Achilles, fear the gods and have mercy on me, remembering your father, for I am the most piteous of all men, seeing that I must reach forth and kiss the hand that has killed my son.” The words echo 3000 years. Someone you love is dead. What must you do for comfort. Their next door neighbor died on Monday, after the snow storm. He was the first of the six black blockbuster families to move in. The mother and daughter are of the third family. The six families have rocked steady for 52 years. This death breaks the circle.
Quotation is translated from Homer, Iliad 24:503. See http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/ to read Greek and Latin literature online. You can click on each word for a translation and/or read the original side by side with an English translation.