It would have been preferable if you had thrown off your chains of bondage solely for the love of me. It would certainly have been more flattering. I am willing to accept, however, that we are real people, not characters in a play. We do not, all of us, need to be throwing inkwells. If we are comfortable with one another, is that not sufficient?
- Helen of Eddis (A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner)