'Master Palaemon's hand, dry and wrinkled as a mummy's, groped until it found mine. "Among the initiates of religion it is said, 'You are an epopt always.' The reference is not only to knowledge but to their chrism, whose mark, being invisible, is ineradicable. You know our chrism."

I nodded again.

"Less even than theirs can it be washed away. Should you leave now, men will only say, 'He was nurtured by the torturers.' But when you have been anointed they will say, 'He is a torturer.' You may follow the plow or the drum, but still you will hear, 'He is a torturer.' Do you understand that?"'

--Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer

I haven't read that book, but I hope the hero did not choose dust specks instead!

Open thread, August 12-18, 2013

by David_Gerard 1 min read12th Aug 2013125 comments

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