She finds solace in a "mawkish piece of Victoriana", Rab and his Friends:
Don't think [the student surgeons] heartless...they get over their professional horrors and into their proper work, and in them pity as emotion ending in itself, or at least in tears and a long drawn breath, lessens -- while pity as a motive is quickened and gains power and purpose. It is well for poor human nature that it is so.
photo: Cephalothoracopagus twins by James Mundie
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