Like a Lamb to Slaughter …

From Kjell Eriksson’s The Princess of Burundi (2006), crime fiction set in Uppsala, Sweden:

“The look she got reminded her of a sheep slaughter she had witnessed as a child. The victim was a female sheep. The animal was taken from the pen, braying, and led out into the yard. She was wild but let herself be calmed by Beatrice’s uncle.

“It was the look the sheep gave Beatrice in that moment, that tenth of a second before it happened. The white of the eye glimmered, the expression full of hurt, no suggestion of fear, more as if posing a question. It was as if there weren’t enough room in the world for her despair, although the pen was so spacious, the pastures so rich.”

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