Julie of the Wolves
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The wind twisted a strand of her hair, and as she stood on the wolf hill she felt the presence of the great animals she had lived with: Amaroq, Nails, Silver, Kapu. She wondered if she would ever see them again. (3.6)
Miyax is probably feeling pretty lonely right now, sure, but do you notice how the presence of the wolves still lingers?
When the eerie feeling of being watched persisted, Miyax began to wonder if the vast nothingness was driving her mad, as it did many gussaks. (3.27)
Being alone isn't just a sad feeling – it's a scary one. Do you think all that nothingness might drive you crazy, too?
Always she listened for her pack, but they did not call. She was both glad and miserable. (3.187)
It sure seems like, for Miyax, being alone is always a mixture of sadness and happiness. Sadness, because there's no one to keep her company, and happiness because she feels secure in her ability to survive on her own.