The Goblin EmperorBook - 2014 | First Edition
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An emperor who breaks laws is a mad dog and a danger, but an emperor who will never break a rule is nearly as bad, for he will never be able to recognize when a law must be changed.
It was the duty of the unfortunate emperor to begin conversation . . . Maia had tried to prepare – as he always tried to prepare – with lists of innocuous but encouraging questions; they all seemed feeble now, like the efforts of a mouse to make conversation with a roomful of hungry cats.
the grass in the graveyard had grown so tall that the tops of the gravestones appeared like small, barren islands in a tempestuous and brittle sea
“Nothing can make death easier,” Cala said, “but silence can make it harder.”
“She would not be what she is if she had ever had something given her that was a burden equal to her strength.”
“It was the first time in his life Maia had been surrounded by people who were like him instead of only snow-white elves with their pale eyes, and he missed several names in the effort not to faint or hyperventilate or burst into tears.”
We consider it cruel,' Maia said. 'And we do not think that cruelty is ever just.' ”
“ 'In our inmost and secret heart, which you ask us to bare to you, we wish to banish them as we were banished, to a cold and lonely house, in the charge of a man who hated us. And we wish them trapped there as we were trapped.'
'You consider that unjust, Serenity?'
'We consider it cruel,' Maia said. 'And we do not think that cruelty is ever just.' ”
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