A Moment in Solzhenitsyn
from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
In all the time he spent in camps and prisons, Ivan Denisovich had gotten out of the habit of worrying about the next day, or the next year, much less how to feed his family. The fellows at the top thought about everything for him, and it was kind of easier like that. Winter after winter, summer after summer--he still had a long time to go. But his business about the carpets upset him.