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Their life

The other three times he wrote “their life,”
he referred to a mass of men. The French,
in King Henry V; the old, in The Winter’s Tale;
mankind, in Julius Caesar.

The other sixteen times, he wrote “their lives.”

A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.
Their life.

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Faithful to a dream of clouds

Katherine herself went to normal school, escaping lovers because she was wedded to a dream landscape, and although many sought her she was faithful to a dream of clouds…

Mark Helprin, “Katherine Comes to Yellow Sky”

There are phrases that redeem all suffering, all strife…words that in their mere adjacency justify and require the entirety of history, all of it–to have allowed for the language to make them in and the author to make them.