Saturday, 13 November 2010

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.

(Sam Ewing)

"She looked at Eddie, who gave her a thumbs-up signal of encouragement. We feel the common feeling of employees, she thought; that peculiar feeling of involvement with those with whom one works. It was not like friendship; it was a feeling of being together in something which afflicts all humans - work. We are working together, and hence there exist between us subtle bonds of loyalty and support. That is why trade unionists addressed one another as brother and sister. We are together in our bondage, each lightening the load of another; somewhat extreme, she reflected, for a middle-class delicatessen in Edinburgh, but nonetheless something to think about."  
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith.

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