A Moment of Grace

“There is a moment of grace in most of the stories, or a moment where it is offered, and is usually rejected. Like when the Grandmother recognizes the Misfit as one of her own children and reaches out to touch him. It’s the moment of grace for her anyway–a silly old woman–but it leads him to shoot her. This moment of grace excites the devil to frenzy.” (from Flannery O’Connor’s THE HABIT OF BEING letter to Andrew Lytle, 4 February 1960)