What are your thoughts on the use of balance, literally and figuratively, especially in regards to Cash in the novel?

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There is a cruel irony in Cash, the most physically and mentally balanced member of the family, being incapacitated and breaking his leg after a fall. The rest of his family, who do not appreciate or have balance, add to his trauma by encasing his injured leg in concrete. It is likely that with such a bad break and the further complications from the poor treatment, Cash will lose his leg or, at least, his balance.

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For Cash, thinking logistically is his way of dealing with the world. His mind seems to function very much like a measuring tool, like a balance, making calculations which either indicate a lack of emotion, mask existing emotions, or serve to distance him from the mess and inexactitude of emotional life. 

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