While on a bucket run during the train journey, Andrius finds an oval stone full of quartz and other minerals. Stripped of all their worldly possessions, including jewelry and other ornaments, the deportees ooh and ah over the beautiful object. Andrius gives the stone to Lina, who derives strength from a beautiful object given to her by someone she admires. Lina in turn passes it to Jonas for comfort when he is ill. When he recovers, Jonas gives it back to Andrius, declaring it a lucky object. When Andrius and Lina are separated, Andrius slips it into Lina’s pocket as a permanent gift. Lina continues to cherish the stone as a memory of her feelings for Andrius, and for a potential future life they may share together. The stone represents Lina’s faith in her ability to get through her present afflictions, in order to live a better life in the future.
Andrius’ Stone Quotes in Between Shades of Gray
I closed my eyes. I felt Andrius moving close. “I’ll see you,” he said.
“Yes, I will see you,” I whispered. “I will.”
I reached into my pocket and squeezed the stone.