Sarra looked at her daughter and said reproachfully, “Speaking of war, I never raised you to be always fighting and killing. That’s not woman’s work.”

“It’s needful, Ma. You taught me a woman has to know how to defend herself.”

“I never!” gasped Sarra, indignant.

“You taught me when you were murdered in your own house,” Daine said quietly.

The Realm of the Gods, Tamora Pierce (via wordmage-girl)

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“what is the cat?” he [joly] exclaimed. “it is a corrective. the good god, having made the mouse, said: ‘hullo! i have committed a blunder.’ and so he made the cat. the cat is the erratum of the mouse. the mouse, plus the cat, is the proof of creation revised and corrected.”