Epigraph: ' I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met. Lots of people say, 'My mother was insane- I say it and I mean it. Insane.' People laugh a lot at the memory of their mothers. I suppose it is funny.' Practicalities Marguerite Duras.