“"Are you quite sure you've been in a real battle?"
"Look at me!" she cried furiously.
"You've suffered, but many women suffered before they mistook themselves for men." It was becoming an argument and he retreated. "In any case you mustn't confuse a single failure with a final defeat."
She sneered. "Beautiful words," and the phrase transpiring up through the crust of pain humbled him.
"We would like to go into the true reasons that brought you here—" he began but she interrupted.”