Friday, January 01, 2021

Tiffany Aching, witch

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving." 

 - Tiffany Aching, Hat full of Sky, Terry Pratchett


Anonymous said...

Terry Pratchett was a formidable author who will be much missed. As with many literary masters, he stood on the shoulders of those who wrote before. The theme here is taken from T.S. Eliot's poem Little Gidding, the final part of his Four Quartets:

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

Then Eliot, in his own turn borrowed, later in that same poem, a powerful phrase from a vision of Julian of Norwich, which she attributes to Jesus:

"...but all shall be well,
And all shall be well,
And all manner of thing shall be well."

which in itself is an illustration of how that which we are springs from the Creator to which we all must return.

And for myself, one reason I find this passage so striking is the way "thing" is singular.

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