“Fifteen!" Dess's distant cry reached him. "Where the hell are you, Rex? Ten. You're-an-idiot-nine, get-back-here-eight, you-dimwit-seven...”
“Maybe kissing is sort of like nature's coffee.
“Dess shook her head. "Before he walked off, Rex said for you to wait. He said it's totally important you don't touch Angie until he comes back. and he said that if you were a pain about it, I get to hit you with that." She pointed to where the darkling had flung Flabbergasted Supernumerary Mathematician, its tip blackened by ichor and fire. "So, go ahead.”
“Fine. Seer knows best, even if he is nuts. Maybe I can stand to wait a few more... whoa. What the hell happened to my car?
“He squeezed her hand. "Then I'll come get you, wherever you are when it happens. We'll be okay."
"But what about everybody else?"
He stared out across the river, nodding slowly. "My guess is, everybody else is in big trouble.”
“Battered by the mind noise, huddled in the back with eyes closed and fists clenched, the old Melissa had understood pep rallies about as well as a bird sucked through a jet engine comprehended aircraft design.”
“«Aspettate un attimo!», esclamò all'improvviso Melissa. «Sta finendo». Rex prese di scatto il foglio e lo tolse dal tavolo. «Preparatevi.» Jonathan si fissò con forza sulla sedia. Melissa si fiorò di nuovo le tempie nella stessa posizione in cui stava quando era iniziata l'eclissi. Dess cercò di ricordarsi cosa stava facendo - probabilmente guardava Melissa e si chiedeva cosa diavolo avesse da strillare. Si girò verso la Telepate ele rifilò un adeguato sguardo di disprezzo.”
“«Be', potete anche non crederci, ma la gente si metteva davvero in maschera», rispose Rex. «Ma il rituale più importante consisteva nell'accendere dei falò. Bruciavano tutto quello che potevano, persino le ossa dei vitelli macellati, sperando di poter scacciare la notte per qualche ora in più. Naturalmente, sapevano che l'inverno avrebbe vinto prima o poi. Samhain riconosce l'avvento dell'oscurità». «Ehi», disse Dess. «Ecco una bella cartolina di auguri: "Spero che tu e i tuoi passiate un bell'avvento dell'oscurità"».”
“Dess took a deep breath, feeling a rush of relief now that the proclamation had been made. It was sort of like being the first astronomer to spot one of those big dinosaur-extermination-sized asteroids on its way toward Earth. Sure, this was majorly unpleasant news for everyone, including Dess personally, but at least she got to announce it.”
“They didn't trip and kill each other.”
“Snad to bylo i tím, co všechno jsem slyšel od pana profesora, který se překonával v nadávání, žádný kočí nedovedl tak nadávat ani koním, ani lidem tak, jako pan profesor francouzské literatury a estetiky..., a přitom nám vykládal o všem, co zajímalo i jej, vykládal každý večer, ještě jsem otvíral dveře, a on než usnul, než jsme usnuli, tak do poslední chvíle vykládal taky, co je estetika a co je etika a o filozofii a filozofech, vždycky o těch filozofech vykládal tak, Krista Pána nevyjímaje, že to je banda raubířů a syčáků a vrahounů a darebáků, že kdyby nebyli, bylo by lidstvu líp, ale lidstvo že je potomstvo zlé a blbé a zločinné, a tak snad ten profesor mě utvrdil v tom, že je třeba být sám, že večer jsou vidět hvězdy a v poledne jen hluboké studny...”
“Yet, unless he sets up as a saint, he need not hate himself for them. He is better employed, as it humbly seems to me, in giving thanks that power to resist was vouchsafed to him, than in fretting over wicked impulses which come unsought and extort an unwilling hospitality from the weakness of our nature.”
“The water is DEEP AND DARK AND DANGEROUS”
“I like black for clothes, small items, and jewelry. It's a color that can't be violated by any other colors. A color that simply keeps being itself. A color that sinks more somberly than any other color, yet asserts itself more than all other colors. It's a passionate gallant color. Anything is wonderful if it transcends things rather than being halfway...”
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