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“I do not have the courage to stand up to Clarette and tell her to stop tormenting me. I am afraid of her retaliations. But deep inside, I can feel something solid in the core of me, which I know will prevail. This is what keeps me going, what shelters me during these long months of invasion.” – from “My Cousin Clarette” in The Leaving by Budge Wilson, page 107

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And the Metropolitan spake boldly the followingaddress: "MarCatholicus saluteth you, saying. Ye know, O Amirs, that it is this dayfive and thirty years since I came from the East; and that I have beenmade to sit on this Throne of the East by the Will of God; and that Ihave served and blessed seven kings in all long suffering, and in thefear of God, and especially the father of the present victorious king,the deceased ARGHON, and his mother the believing Queen URGHO (sic)KHATON. I have deceived no man. I have coveted none of the property ofthe Government, and if certain gifts have been bestowed upon me by them(i,e. the kings), I have spent them again on their behalf (181).Although I was a young man once, I am now an old man; and I have nowife, no children, no relatives, and no kinsfolk. Am I likely to rebelagainst the king for the sake of the love of the world? Or shall Ithink of snatching away from him anything that is his? Why then shouldthe words which mine enemies [speak] against me be believed? Moreover,I have never experienced any evil thing from the present victoriousking in God, and God forbid [that I should]! But even supposing that itcould happen and that he wrought evil upon me--which God forbid! I amcommanded by the Holy Gospel, the Book which I confess, to return goodfor evil, for it saith, 'Pray for your enemies, and bless him thatcurseth you, and do what is good to him that hateth you,' (Matt. v.44). And it is impossible for me to abandon that which I have beencommanded by God, through Christ, for transgression of the commandmaketh a man, whoever he may be, a stranger to Him that laid down thecommand. I beseech you. If the king is convinced in his heart that Ihave committed evil, let him bring me (182) to the Door of the Kingdomand inform me accurately what I have done; and then, supposing Ideserve death, he will be guiltless of my blood. But let him not leaveme in the hands of my enemies."This was the speech of the Catholicus.

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Now when his parents perceived this, great painovertook them, andacute sorrow cleaved to them, because their only son was separatinghimself from them. They rose up and with broken hearts madesupplication to him, and brought before him promises of things of thisworld, saying, "Why, O our precious son, is separation from us belovedby thee? How is it that our affliction is desired by thee? Why is ourmourning sweet in thy sight? Consider now. To whom will our wealthrevert? Think, who is our heir? Ponder well who will be the master ofthe [produce of] our toil? How can it possibly be pleasing to thee forour seed and name to be blotted out? Why doth the thought of thy heartsuggest that strangers should be our heirs?"And having persuaded himwith tears in this manner, and having stirred up grief in him by theirlamentation and talk similar [to that given above], he hearkened tothem outwardly, and dwelt with them as far as his body was concerned,but very unwillingly. And during the three years in which he ministeredto his parents according to the body, he never (7) ceased from histoil, and he contended continually in his laborious career.

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“A lot is said about the value of strong, silent men. Me, I think that men who are silent about things that matter just don’t have the strength to say what they really feel.” – from “Mr. Manuel Jenkins” in The Leaving by Budge Wilson, page 51

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“We walked quickly through the night. North and South Mountains closed off the sky behind us and far ahead, but a full moon made it easy to see our way on the frosty road. The hill country was full of scrub growth, stubby spruce, and sprawling alders, unlike the tidy fields and orchards of the Valley. But the frost lent a silver magic to the bushes and the rough ground, and the moonlight gave a still dignity to the shabby houses.” – from “The Leaving” in The Leaving by Budge Wilson, page 85

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“Meredith does not rant and rave like Father. This quality is what drew me to him in the first place. I did not then realize that anger has many faces, and that there are a lot of subtler forms of violence and violation.” – from “The Diary” in The Leaving by Budge Wilson, pages 32-33