“Well, do you do that consciously?” Daily Alice asked, only partly of Cloud.
“Do what?” Cloud said. “Grow up? No. Well. In a sense. You see it’s inevitable, or refuse to. You greet it or don’t — take it in trade, maybe, for all you’re going to lose anyway. Or you can refuse, and have what you’ve got to lose snatched from you, and never take payment — never see a trade is possible.”
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