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But man? Alas! he is a creature whose highest priveleges are a curse. Without respite he is dragged by the two wild horses, memory and hope; and he is tormented by a secret that he can never tell. For every man worthy of the name is an initiate; but each one into different Mysteries. And some walk among their fellows with the pitying, slightly scornful smile, of an adept among catechumens. And some are confiding and garrulous, and would so willingly communicate their own unique secret--in vain! For though they shout it in the market-place, or whisper it in music and poetry, what they say is never the same as what they know.

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(T)here is not a single homely thing that, looked at from a certain angle, does not become fairy. Think of the (River) Dapple, or the (River) Dawl, when they roll the sunset towards the east. Think of an autumn wood, or a hawthorn in May. A hawthorn in May-- there's a miracle for you! Who would ever have reamed that that gnarled stumpy old tree had the power to do that? Well, all these things are familiar sights, but what should we think if never having seen them we read a description of them, or saw them for the first time? A golden river! Flaming trees! Trees that suddenly break into flower! For all we know, it may be (our own land) Dorimare that is Fairyland to the people across the Debatable Hills.
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