“So, my children live with my mother and so far they do not have worn-out shoes. But what kind of men will they be? I mean, what kind of shoes will they have when they are men?”
This quote is from Natalia Ginzburg’s book The Little Virtues. I appreciate how simply she states such a heavy and powerful notion. The way that the passage moves from the broad question of what kind of people her sons will become to the narrow answer lying in the symbol of their shoes as a status of class as well as character is beautiful.