sudden, small gifts of insight
Can the hurtful power of anger travel like a roaring wildfire from one person to another?
"The great thing," Peter said, "the reason you can lay a river in the path of any sort of wildfire, is that there's not just rivers inside us, there's a world in there."
Bet's scowl deepening, he added, "Not because I say so. Christ
says so. And Krishna. But I feel it sometimes too. I've felt how
there's a world, and rivers, and high mountains, whole ranges
of mountains, in there.
scowl was gone now, because her mind had eased down into a place
where hiss of sprinkler, splash of drops and babbling of brother
were all just soothing sensations.
"But if you want to put out the fires, you can do it. You can do it if you just remember to crawl, right while you're burning, to drag yourself, if that's what it takes, clear up into those mountains inside you, and on down into those cool, pure lakes."
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