Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from... read more
“There was a moment, however, when the King and I were looking directly into each other's eyes, and in that instant I had a revelation that takes much longer to explain that to experience. Here I am, reflected, being decorated as a hero, and in the eyes of everybody here I am indeed a hero; but I know that my heroic act was rather a dirty job I did when I was dreadfully frightened; I could just as easily have muddled it and been ingloriously killed. But it doesn't much matter, because people seem to need heroes; so long as I don't lose sight of the truth, it might as well be me as anyone else. And here before me stands a marvellously groomed little man who is pinning a hero's medal on me because of his forbears were Alferd the Great, abd Charles the First, and even King Arthur, for anything I know to the contrary. But I shouldn't be surprised if inside he feels as puzzeled about the fate that brings hime here as I.”Dunstable (Dunstan) Ramsay
“We are public icons, we two; he an icon of kngship, and I an icon of heroism, unreal yet very necessary; we have obligations above what is merley personal, and to let personal feelings obscure the obligations would be failing in one's duty.”Dunstable (Dunstan) Ramsay
“If you don't hurry up and let life know what you want, life will damned soon show you what you'll get.”Boyd (Boy) Staunton
“This is where the private schools score over the state-run schools; they can accomodate a few cultured madmen on the staff without having to offer explanations.”Dunstable (Dunstan) Ramsay
“Lots of people in Canada get landed with their mother's maiden name as a Christian name.”Dunstable (Dunstan) Ramsay
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