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.
The Between Shades of Gray quotes below all refer to the symbol of Andrius’ Stone. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Speak edition of Between Shades of Gray published in 2012.).
Chapter 85 Quotes
The timeline below shows where the symbol Andrius’ Stone appears in Between Shades of Gray. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...she has been thinking about the guard groping her. She ignores him and squeezes the stone from Andrius for comfort. Andrius playfully notes that Lina’s hair is blond once the dirt... (full context)
...Lina she saw Lina’s “boyfriend” give her something, and Lina shows Janina and Elena the stone. The passengers share rumors about the war, and hear that the Japanese bombed America, and... (full context)