Jack spoke up. He thought of the young, frightened boy Parm must have been. “And in a way, you felt they had done you a disservice, in showing you there was a better life to be had. Because you couldn’t have that life.” He thought about Dan, how if it had been Dan scrabbling in the dirt …or Katie or even one of her brothers. He thought about the injustice of it all – life in general. It had been unjust before and it would continue to be so – it was nature, the way of the world but it did not make it any less unpalatable.