“I thank God daily for the good fortune of my birth, for I am certain I would have made a miserable peasant.”
“Clairvoyant, Hornblower could foresee that in a year's time, the world would hardy remember the incident. In twenty years, it would be entirely forgotten. Yet those headless corpses up there in Muzillac; those shattered redcoats; those Frenchmen caught in the four-pounder's blast of canister -- they were as dead as if it had been a day in which history had been changed.”
“His self-respect was at its lowest ebb.”
“Harm began to come to Hornblower from that day forth, despite his obedience to orders and diligent study of his duties, and it stemmed from the arrival in the midshipmen’s berth of John Simpson as senior warrant officer.”
“July 4th, 1776,” mused Keene, reading Hornblower’s date of birth to himself.”
“Prince,' he could, at this point, take or leave.
The rest of his life with Jasmine, however... that was worth everything.”
“Seers? You mean there are others aside from Gavin and Catherine’s husband?”
“Two other featherbrained fools. Together, they have all the sense of a chair leg.”
My lips curve into a smile. “Am I really the only human you can stand?”
“You have a certain charm. It’s grown on me.”
I can’t help laughing. “Please, don’t strain yourself with flattery.”
“Maybe I should be a lawyer instead of a magical baker, Rose though. Lawyers' mistakes rarely result in old men climbing on top of towers and taking off their pants.
“Interior of the hand. Sole that has come to walk
only on feelings. That faces upward
and in its mirror
receives heavenly roads, which travel
That has learned to walk upon water
when it scoops,
that walks upon wells,
transfiguring every path.
That steps into other hands,
changes those that are like it
into a landscape:
wanders and arrives within them,
fills them with arrival.”
“Blessed be the soul, and the Lord that keeps it in order; blessed be the day, and the Lord that drives it away.”
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