“The Terrible Words” / A Memorable Fancy #041

What are the most terrible words one can hear, the most crushing? One said “dishonor,” and I said “no.” And another said “death” and I said “no.” And a third said “nothingness,” and I said “no.” And they said “Well, then, tell us!” and I did, and they did not like my answer, for I said “Never!” and “Always!”

[after Piero Camporesi]

 

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