"We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate."
"To exorcise a demon you must not look in the eye
not let it make a home inside you:
a demon eats your heart; a demon
comes from the heart; it sits and waits
from one beat to the next; it neither sleeps
nor lets you sleep; it neither eats
nor lets you eat; it will not leave hungry.
Foolish boy! Look at its mouth!
Your blood already gleams on its lips;
you can chase it from this house,but it will never
lose your taste, nor will you get back
the heart it has swallowed whole."
There were things that looked like the creatures the superstitious called demons, in the way children saw animals in summer clouds, but there were no demons; there were human vendettas and sworn vengeance but there were no such things as curses. There was a rational explanation for everything in the world.