But they were never known to those who had never worked a real job in their lives. And that is the wonder. That they never knew them. Thus the speech was at once us versus them; it was the check in the mail against the certainties of the heart. Every true challenge is built on the bricks of memory. And there were as many challenges in the Eastwood speech as the stones we stand on. For how did the lines in the movie go, even if they weren’t the real lines?
Do you think this is the end now, Mr. Frodo?
No Sam. It is not the end. We are safe, Sam. For I can remember the taste of strawberries again. The smell of new-mown hay and the beer at the Green Dragon at evening time. Remember, that whatever happens that the shadow is only a passing thing. There is truth and high beauty forever beyond its power to reach.
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