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“… ‘It is the individual that matters in history, not the population.  And it is forces other than natural ones that shape history.  What of courage and honor and faith?  What of villainy and cowardice and ambition?'”

“And love,” Terrence said.

“Exactly,” Professor Piddick said.  “‘What of Antony and Cleopatra’s love?  Was that irrelevant to history?’ I asked him that while he was in the water. ‘What of Richard the Third’s villainy?’ I said.  ‘What of  Joan of Arc’s fervor?  It is character, not populations, that affect history!'”

(mostly) Professor Piddick, quoting his argument with Professsor Overforce
To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis

 

Ms. Willis will be appearing at Powell’s Books, Cedar Hills Crossing
Wednesday, October 27 – PORTLAND, OR
Time: 7:00pm
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR

 

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