Lyra and Will – on separation

Oh W, what can we do? Whatever can we do? I want to live with you for ever. I want to kiss you and lie down with you and wake up with you every day of my life till I die, years and years away. I don’t want a memory, just a memory…

No he said, memory is a poor thing to have. It’s your own real hair and mouth and arms and eyes and hands I want.

I didn’t know I could ever love anything so much. Oh, L, I wish this night would never end! If only we could stay here like this, and the world could stop turning, and everyone else could fall into a sleep…

Everyone except us! And you and I could live here forever and just love each other!

will love you for ever, whatever happens. Till I die and after I die and when I find my way out of the land of the dead I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again.

Ill be looking for you W, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one will ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specs of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont be able to just take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…

They lay side by side, hand in hand, looking at the sky.

2 adolescents in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”


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