I’ve been collecting quotes from books for years now and figure it’s high time I put them to use. So here is the quote of the week:
“If you look down and are not frightened of heights (the Society for the Preservation of This and That have put up some excellent railings to preserve you from tumbling over), you can see the whole anatomy of the inner court laid out beneath you like a map. You can see the chapel, now quite open to its god, and the windows of the great hall wiht the solar over it. You can see the shafts of the huge chimneys and how cunningly the side flues were contrived to enter them, and the little private closets now public, and the enormous kitchen. If you are a sensible person, you will spend days there, possibly weeks, working out for yourself by detection which were the stables, which the mews, where the cow byres, the armoury, the lofts, the well, the smithy, the kennel, the soldier’s quarters, the priest’s room, and my lord’s and lady’s chambers.
Then it will all grow about you again. The little people–they were smaller than we are, and it would be a job for most of us to get inside the few bits of their armour and old gloves that remain–will hurry about in the sunshine, the sheep will baa as they always did, and perhaps from Wales there will come the ffff-putt of the triple-feathered arrow which looks as if it had never moved.”
The Once and Future King, T. H. White
Copyright 2017 Andrea Lundgren
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