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Growing brave by reflection


Daydreamer by Bull House, Lewes - home of Tom Paine

Image and words from Black/White:Read, August 2019

Photographs of rebels, daydreamers, eccentric places and the stories they've inspired.

Good morning, Tom. Here we are again. He who dares not offend cannot be honest, you said. Well, I finally dared to raise my fears, and I’ve offended my darling. I suppose I shall be exiled until suppertime. I shouldn’t have questioned her so directly.

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. I know that, old friend. But she’s fragile, and frightened, and distrusts the doctors. Yes, I’ve said more than enough. She will, as you put it, grow brave by reflection. She’ll call the clinic when she’s ready. You’re quite right, time makes more converts than reason.

Do you remember when she used to sit out here with us? She always did enjoy your optimism. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. How I wish that were true, Tom.

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