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The Story of a New Name

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“…I had made the whole journey mainly to show her what she had lost and what I had won.  But she had known from the moment I appeared, and now, risking tensions with her workmates, and fines, she was explaining to me that I had won nothing, that in the world there is nothing to win, that her life was full of varied and foolish adventures as much as mine, and that time simply slipped away without any meaning, and it was good just to see each other every so often to hear the mad sound of the brain of one echo in the mad sound of the brain of the other.”

The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante

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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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