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[ All credit to alan shapiro photography, whose lovely picture may be found here. ]

 

“She had always been beautiful in his eyes, and admirable, too.

 

He had worshipped her,

in some ways,

for her courage in adversity,

for her resistance to the ways of his own world.

 

But that had been bravery under siege and now,

it seemed, she single-handedly gave siege to the same society which,

a few months before,

had threatened to engulf and destroy her identity.

 

There was a determination in her bearing,

a lightness,

an air of confidence,

that proclaimed to everyone what he had always sensed in her

– and he was proud that his world should see her as the woman he knew,

in full command of herself and her situation.”

[ Michael MoorcockThe Dancers At The End Of TimeThe End Of All Songs ]

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[ All credit to Marc Vasseur Photography, whose lovely picture may be found here.]

 

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.

 

If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy,

don’t we consider it his duty to escape?

 

. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul,

if we’re partisans of liberty,

then it’s our plain duty to escape,

 

and to take as many people with us as we can!”

 

[ J. R. R. Tolkien ]