By John Crowley
Painter is a leo - half guy, half lion - the results of certainly one of man's genetic experiments, a robust, attractive, enigmatic creature deemed a 'failure' to be be hunted down. yet Painter has merits during this global of small bickering kingdom states and political lodging and compromise: his personal power and integrity, and the guile of Reynard, one other of man's experiments, a sophisticated and powerful intriguer, a king-maker...
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It was less like the model of a place than the idea of Place: space endlessly geometered by symmetries of lines, levels, limits. The sense grew only slowly in him that this was a model of the place he had come to live, that these dense accretions of closely set lines and serrated spaces modeled places large enough to live out lives in: were huge. The atrium he had stood stupefied in would not, in this model, have contained his fist; he could not have put a finger between the floors of any of the levels where multitudes lived and worked.
Pride," Meric said. He looked at Bree. There was in her brown, goldflecked eyes an unease he couldn't read but knew; knew well, though never how to make it pass. Was it fear? She didn't look at him. "A pride of lions. " She stood, and he suggested to himself that he not follow her with his eyes around the house ("house" they called it, as they called workspaces "offices" and meeting-spaces "halls"; they knew what they meant). Something had been growing in her all day, he could tell it by her continual small questions, whose answers she didn't quite listen to.
Emma spoke the words of an ancient treaty the Federal had made with the Indians, giving them the forests and plains and rivers in perpetuity, fine rolling promises; governments had made the same promises to the people of Candy's Mountain, and so there was warning as well as security in Emma's words. Then far off, seen from the unpeopled fastnesses of the Preserve, blue and shadowy as a mountain, remote, as though watched by deer and foxes, their home. Emma said again: "None shall pass through it for ever and ever; they shall name it No Kingdom There, and its princes shall be nothing," and Bree didn't know whether the change of meaning, which she understood in ways she couldn't express, made her want to laugh or cry.