You may be wonderin' why I titled my blog "Beguile Thy Sorrow."
Well, there's a part in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus where Lavinia, Titus' daughter, is raped and assaulted so brutally that her injuries prevented her from reading. Tamora's sons not only defiled her, but also cut off her hands and cut out her tongue, stealing her senses of touch and taste.
Lavinia's sorrow is compounded in its presentation of her forced silence. She can not tell her story, and she can not pick up a book from the library shelf; instead she "turns over with her stumps the books which LUCIUS has let fall," in Act 4, Scene 1.
When Titus sees her grief, he bids the boy to turn the pages of whatever books she chooses. It is my belief that there is indeed solace in books. He tells her,