If one could drown in the grass, thought Elphie, that might be the best way to die.
("Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West")
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The melody faded like a rainbow after a storm, or like winds calming down at last; and what was left was calm, and possibility, and relief.
The cunning old cow, thought Melena. She is trying that rarest of strategies, telling the truth, and making it sound plausible.
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Hear the other side.
But you have to take all of those things, you have to take into consideration the paths, the roadways, how much cloud cover there is, how much foliage cover there is, whether there are streams, all of that comes into play.
I don't think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.