„I have walked a stair of swords,
I have worn a coat of scars.
I have vowed with hollow words,
I have lied my way to the stars
-Songs of Sapphique“

—  Catherine Fisher, kniha Incarceron

Zdroj: Incarceron

Poslední aktualizace 3. června 2021. Historie
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Catherine Fisher1
welšská dětská spisovatelka 1957

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