"In time, some pattern appears, some repetition or return threads its way through the broad loom of a life so that even what had once seemed revolution reveals itself as echo, consequence, history. This is the way things are. I am sure there is a mathematical explanation.
"And if there is such an explanation, it must be, obviously, topological, a codification of the unpatterned tapestry that we weave, wittingly or not. At least I was unwitting, a young girl from Virginia...."