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The Tudor Secret - C.W. Gortner
The Tudor Secret
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Everyone has a secret. Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within, coating it with opalescent layers as if that could heal our mortal wound. Some of us devote our entire lives to keeping our secret hidden, safe from those who might pry it from us, hoarding it like the pearl,... show more
Everyone has a secret. Like the oyster with its grain of sand, we bury it deep within, coating it with opalescent layers as if that could heal our mortal wound. Some of us devote our entire lives to keeping our secret hidden, safe from those who might pry it from us, hoarding it like the pearl, only to discover that it escapes us when we least expect it, revealed by a flash of fear in our eyes when caught unawares, by a sudden pain, a rage or hatred, or an all-consuming shame.I know all about secrets. Secrets upon secrets, wielded like weapons, like tethers, like bedside endearments. The truth alone can never suffice. Secrets are the coin of our world, the currency upon which we construct our edifice of grandeur and lies. We need our secrets to serve as iron for our shields, brocade for our bodies, and veils for our fears--they delude and comfort, shielding us always from the fact that in the end we, too, must die."Write it all down," she tells me, "every last word." We often sit like this in the winter of our lives, chronic insomniacs in outdated finery, the chessboard or the game of cards neglected on the table, as her eyes- alert and ever-wary after all these years, still leonine in a face grown gaunt with age--turn inward to that place where none has ever trespassed, to her own secret, which I now know, have perhaps always known, she must take with her to her grave."Write it down," she says, "so that when I am gone, you will remember."As if I could ever forget...
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B0046A9LZ0
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: The Spymaster Chronicles (#1)
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