Quotes Chapters 14-16

“I often wonder what it might be like to have no expectation of grandeur, to be like Harryet: innocent and unassuming, a humble mollusc with a strong outer shell and soft inner flesh. To be so pure of heart; to be unsullied by the need for knowledge. This would be an accomplishment.”

Verne, Chapter Fourteen

“It is easy to ignore your conscience when your intentions are good.”
Verne, Chapter Fourteen

“I have heard that on the mainland a woman is expected to wait. She is expected to feign chastity and deny herself pleasure for the sake of…I am not entirely sure what. A man’s pleasure, perhaps? To maintain a contradiction?”
Verne, Chapter Fourteen

“I feel no shame. Shame is an emotion saved for women of the mainland who do not realise that our pleasure is the gods’ gift. It is the greatest expression of their love.”
Verne, Chapter Fourteen

“A man without a purpose remains half asleep, his potential lying in wait, disintegrating.”
Verne, Chapter Fifteen

“Our decisions are embroidery made of interconnected threads, each choice, each misstep a tiny stitch. If only we could lay the thread out from beginning to end then we could see how the past informs the future. We could navigate life with some certainty.”
Verne, Chapter Fifteen

“One who has dedicated herself to physical perfection does so at the expense of mind and atrama.”
Verne, Chapter Sixteen

No one is born a rebel. Each of you had to find rebellion in your own way.”
The high priestess, Chapter Sixteen

 “There comes a time in every nation’s history…when she must wake from stupor, throw off her shackles and…and demand freedom. Freedom from tyranny, freedom to speak and think freely and freedom to defend herself. A nation, a monarch, must not enter a fight with her hands tied behind her back. Rather, she must draw her weapon and run towards the enemy, emboldened by the knowledge that her people love her and fight beside her. She must be brave enough to write history as she wants it to be remembered.”
Verne, Chapter Sixteen

“You discredit me not because of my substance but because of my delivery. I cannot help if you do not understand or appreciate my way of communicating.”
Verne, Chapter Sixteen

“Grief is self-centred.”
Verne, Chapter Sixteen