Letter #34 from UPIII

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Recieved 22nd August 2018

JVA Köln, Tuesday, 14th August 2018

Quotes from The Wee Free Men:

“Then turn selfishness into a weapon! Make all things yours! Make other lives and dreams and hopes yours! Protect them! Save them! Bring them into the sheepfold! Walk the gale for them! Keep away the wolf! My dreams! … My family! My land! My world! How dare you try to take these things, because they are mine! I have a duty!” - pg 274

“… she decided to make a run for it. She might reach the village. She was good at running. But when she got there, then what? She’d never reach a door in time. And people would shout, and run about. The dark horseman didn’t look like someone who’d take much notice of that. No, she had to deal with it.” - pg 66

“… All the monsters are coming back.”

“Why?”

“There’s no one to stop them.”

There was silence for a moment.

“There’s me.” - pg 71

“Don’t wish, Miss Tick had said. Do things.” - pg 78

“You found flints, harder than steel, in chalk, the softest of rocks.” - pg 98

“Aye, we’ve very resilient in the heid department.” - pg 105

“They do not want to shout. Their hearts are too full for words.” - pg 145

“First sight is when you can see what’s really there, not what your heid tells you ought to be there … Second sight is dull sight, it’s seeing only what you expect to see.” - pg 132

“… Ye ken how to be strong, do ye?

“Yes, I think so.”

“Good. D’ye ken how to be weak? Can ye bow to the gale, can ye bend to the storm?” - pg 134

“… She said ye were are strange wee one, always watching and listenin’. She said ye had a heid full o’ words that you never spoke aloud. She wondered what’d become o’ ye. Time for ye to find out, aye?” - pg 136

“How you deal with this is going to be important … They’re all watching you.” - pg 157

“… That was how it worked. No magic at all. But that time it had been magic. And it didn’t stop being magic just because you found out how it was done.” - pg 33

“… And all the stories had, somewhere, the witch. The wicked old witch. And Tiffany had thought: Where’s the evidence?
… If is came to that, the book never gave you the evidence of anything.
… The stories didn’t want you to think, they wanted you to believe what you were told…” - pg 29

“I didn’t do any real magic. I don’t know how. I just looked at things and worked them out.” - pg 168

“Live in dreams for too long and ye go mad, ye can never wake up prop’ly, ye can never get the hang o’ reality again.” - pg 179

“Well, spiders spin webs. Dromes spin, dreams … And the drome makes a dream for ye, wi’ a trip in the … ye’ll never wanta’ leave it.” - pg 184

“How dare anything touch what’s mine!”

She’d been brought up not to be selfish. She knew she wasn’t, not in the way people meant. She tried to think of other people. She never took the last slice of bread. This was a different feeling. She wasn’t being noble or brave or kind. She was doing this because it had to be done, because there was no way that she could not do it. - pg 186

“Them as can do, has to do for them as can’t. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.” - pg 188

“What would a drome do if it got into our world? You’d never know it was there. It’d sit in the corner and you’d never see it, because it wouldn’t let you. And it’d change the way you saw the world, give you nightmares, make you want to die … Her second thoughts added: I wonder how many have got in already and we don’t know?” - pg 194

“Well, of course she’d fought things and won, hadn’t she? But the Nae Mac Feegles had been there and, somehow, that’d made it easy. They never gave up … they didn’t know the meaning of the word fear.” - pg 206

“And they simply didn’t stop. It was that which wore people down.” - pg 238

“They got trapped in the dream” …

“They can’t have! I killed the drome!”

“It’s more complicated than that … You don’t knew what it’s like here. There’s dreams inside dreams. There’s … other things that live inside dreams, horrible things. You never know if you’re really woken up … You can’t trust them. You can’t trust anyone. I don’t trust you. You’re probably just another dream.” - pg 205

“There’s always been someone watching the borders. They didn’t decide to. It was decided for them. Someone has to care. Sometimes, they have to fight. Someone has to speak for that which has no voice.” - pg 273

“The secret is not to dream… the secret is to wake up. Waking up is harder. I have woken up, and I am real. I know where I come from, and I know where I’m going. You cannot fool me any more. Or touch me. Or anything that is mine.” - pg 283

“She felt it all draining away. It was like falling asleep, sliding from that strange wide – awakeness into just normal, everyday … well, being awake. It felt as if everything was blurred and muffled. … This is how we always feel, she thought. We sleepwalk through our lives, because how could we live if we were always that awake.” - pg 285

For the forest, for the future, and especially for you.

Your goals, your hopes and your dreams are my goals, my hopes and my dreams, too.

And I will fiercely defend and fight for what is mine. What is ours. Keep the faith, and STAY BRAVE.

<3 UPIII

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