The Quest for Christa TBook - 1971
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Her secret, which I'd been looking for all the time we'd known each other, was a secret no longer. What she wanted, in her inmost depths, what she dreamed of and what she'd long ago begun to do, now lay open before me, incontestable and beyond the shadow of a doubt. ...She was trying out the possibilities of life until nothing should be left.
It didn't happen the way one can tell it; but if once can tell it as it was, then one wasn't in on it, or it all happened so long ago that candor comes too easily. In order to make the story tellable, one has to separate and put into sequence events which in reality were so entangled as to be inexplicable...”
She was doubtful, amid our toxic swirl of new namegiving; what she doubted was the reality of names, though she had to deal with them; she certainly felt that naming is seldom accurate, name and thing coincide only for a short time. She shrank from stamping any name on herself, the brand mark which decides which herd you belong to and which stable you should occupy.
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