“(And the girl said:)
>How should we be able to forget
those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples,
the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses;
all the dragons of our lives are princesses,
who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
everything terrible is
in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
So you must not be frightened,
dear Mr. Kappus,
if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen;
if a restiveness,
like light and cloud-shadows,
passes over your hands and over all you do.
You must think that something is happening with you,
that life has not forgotten you,
that it holds you in its hand;
it will not let you fall. . . .<”