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The House of Arden

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“Now, if you sit perfectly silent for a long time and look at the sea, or the sky, or the running water of a river, something happens to you – a sort of magic.  Not the violent magic that makes the kind of adventures that I have been telling you about, but a kind of gentle but very strong inside magic, that makes things clear, and shows you what things are important, and what are not.”

  • E. Nesbit, from The House of Arden

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The Golem and the Jinni

“On a cloudless night, inky dark, with only a rind of a moon above, the Golem and the Jinni went walking together along the Prince Street rooftops.”

The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

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Winter’s Tale

 

“No one ever said that you would live to see the repercussions of everything you do, or that you have guarantees, or that you are not obliged to wander in the dark, or that everything will proved to you neatly verified like something in science.  Nothing is: at least nothing that is worthwhile.  I didn’t bring you up only to move across sure ground.  I didn’t teach you to think that everything must be within our control or understanding.  Did I?  For, if I did, I was wrong.  If you won’t take a chance, then the powers you refuse because you cannot explain them, will, as they say, make a monkey out of you.”

-Mrs. Gamely to Virginia, Winter’s Tale

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