Reading Desk

a painful thing

It is a painful thing to say to oneself: by choosing one road I am turning my back on a thousand others. Everything is interesting; everything might be useful; everything attracts and charms a noble mind; but death is before us; mind and matter make their demands; willy-nilly we must submit and rest content as to things that time and wisdom deny us, with a glance of sympathy which is another act of our homage to the truth.

― Antonin Sertillanges
East of the Sun

one way to curb the denouement. . . .

With heroic effort, I remind myself that even if I know that the baby born at a stage in the story is going to marry one of the other babies (or children, there are a number of boys not so old that it would be unreasonable in a fairy tale), it's obviously not going to happen in the denouement.

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A Birthday


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