It never is. People are gonna tell you who you are your whole life. You just gotta punch back and say, «No, this is who I am». You want people to look at you differently? Make them. You want to change things? You're gonna have to go out there and change them yourself because there are no fairy godmothers in this world.
— Stories. Stories? What's a story? When you were in high school, did you learn about the civil war?
— Yeah, of course.
— How? Did you read about it, perchance, in a book? How is that any less real than any other book?
— History books are based on history.
— And storybooks are based on what, imagination? Where does that come from? It has to come from somewhere.
— It will get better.
— Yes. Yes, it will. This will take all of my feelings. All of my pain. And destroy them.
— Why? You of all people should understand. You've lost love. What if your pain could be erased?
— I don't want my pain erased. As wretched as it is, I need my pain. It makes me who I am. It makes me Grumpy.
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