She wished there was some place where she could go to hum it out loud. Some kind of music was too private to sing in a house full of people. It was funny, too, how lonesome a person could be in a crowded house.
There are those who know and those who don’t know. And for every ten thousand who don’t know there’s only one who knows. That’s the miracle of all time–the fact that these millions know so much but don’t know this.
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (born 100 years ago today)
Ethel Waters, Carson McCullers and Julie Harris at the after party on opening night of The Member of the Wedding. Waters and Harris would go on to recreate their roles in the film version in 1952 directed by Fred Zinneman. Photo by Ruth Orkin