Quotation by Mary Roberts Rinehart

There were times when I felt that I could bear no more. It was the Emergency Ward which almost broke me. I stood one night beside a man who had been caught in a flywheel, and whose body felt like jelly. I wanted him to die quickly, not to go on breathing. Oh, stop breathing. I can't stand it. Die and stop suffering. I can't stand it. I can't.
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958), U.S. novelist. My Story, ch. 12 (1931).

On her experience as a nursing student, c. 1900.
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