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Even in a time of great destruction and tragedy it is still possible to find love and happiness In the novel The Glimmer Palace Beatrice Colin uses the theme involving never-ending hope The author does this to express to the world that even in a time filled with many complications there are still joyous people that can make you forget about the troubled world and turn your head towards the joys that life has to offer Lilly Nelly Aphrodite is a woman in the early 1900s that has been living with trials constantly being thrown at her Despite the emotional pain these complications cause for Lilly she still manages to find people who are as hard to find as a needle in a haystack that support and uplift her For example she claims seeing a middle-aged man walking with a young woman arm in arm a group of schoolchildren singing Christmas carolsas if the last four years had never happenedIt was well below freezing but nobody seemed to notice 239 In this difficult time many tragic events were taking place such as the Great Depression and World War 2 Lilly had faced poverty heartbreak abandonment and many other cruelties of the world Seeing people who were still able to feel happy and alive was surprising to Lilly and only seemed addicting as it wore off on her in this scene The protagonist eventually learns that life is not easy or fair People go through different trials each according to their own level of strength Certain complications are only given to those who have the ability to overcome them She learns that although certain situations may seem impossible to get through the effort one puts to overcome the trial will be worth it in the end Lilly felt weaker and weaker as each difficult situation had worn her out and taken away all hope for joy She eventually learned that she was not as weak
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