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Ist Zwîfel herzen nâchgebûr,
daz muoz der sêle werden sûr.
gesmæhet unde gezieret
ist, swâ sich parrieret
unverzaget mannes muot,
als agelstern varwe tuot
When the heart lives with doubt,
It will be bitter for the soul.
Hideous it may be, yet beautiful
Where the mind of a man
Blends with power, colorfully contrasts
Spotted like the magpie.
–Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzifal from the Prologue, l. 1-6 (ca. 1220 CE)(S.H. transl.)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”