Mrs. Orlando's world is a dark one. (...) Though she takes every precaution, no precaution will be enough. She tries to prepare for sudden hunger, for cold, for boredom, and for heavy bleeding. She is never without a bandaid, a safety pin, and a knife. (...) In general she likes to be accompanied by men: they offer protection both because of their large size and because of heir rational outlook on the world.
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis