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Water is Difficult

Oxygen and hydrogen in liquid state, convertible by heat into steam, and by cold into ice (Mr. H. Fowler, Mr. F. Fowler, you do make things sound nice). In summary: water is a liquid consisting chiefly of this. Just one of these things, so the Fowlers say, is due to appetite. But I have a thirst / I have a fear of / I have a sin of – and Lucy is on her knees before you, water, admitting that she might not believe. ‘What does it do, what does it do?’ she asks, ‘except leave?’

Tell her before she herself decides to go: Things break – even water. Water must break if we are to enter and live.


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