Lorna said to me, 'You know Riddley theres some thing in us it don’t have no name.'
I said, 'What thing is that?'
She said, 'Its some kynd of thing it aint us but its in us. Its looking out thru our eye hoals. May be you don't take no noatis of it only some times. Say you get woak up sudden in the middl of the nite. 1 minim youre a sleap and the nex youre on your feet with a spear in your han. Wel it wernt you put that spear in your han it wer that other thing whats looking out thru your eye hoals. It aint you nor it don’t even know your name. Its in us lorn and loan and sheltering how it can.'
Wel I cant say for cern no mor if I had any of them things in my mynd befor she tol me but ever since then it seams like they all ways ben there. Seams like I ben allways thinking on that thing in us what thinks us but it don't think like us. Our woal life is a idear we dint think of nor we dont know what it is. What a way to live.
Thats why I finely come to writing all this down. Thinking on what the idear of us myt be. Thinking on that thing whats in us lorn and loan and oansome.
- from Riddley Walker
Webmaster's note: The first part of this quote was voted Russell Hoban fans' all-time favourite in SA4QE's 2012 Russell Hoban reader survey.
Her no-question-asking stalked through the flat like a tall silent creature that stared at Jachin-Boaz all day.
- from The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz
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