the cavalry is here; mist and shadows all

 Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word, and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter.

— J.R.R Tolkien

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  • That’s what people miss about fiction. Good fiction doesn’t function as a bubble; it becomes a door. It expands a person’s world so that it includes multiple other worlds and experiences currently out of their direct reach.

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