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End Notes - Time Shall Not Mend by A.J. Hall

That which is marred at birth Time shall not mend,
Nor water out of bitter well make clean;
All evil thing returneth at the end,
Or elseway walketh in our blood unseen.
Whereby the more is sorrow in certaine -Dayspring mishandled cometh not againe.

Rudyard Kipling, Gertrude’s Prayer, Limits and Renewals (1932) 

Their thin gnat-voices cry
Star to faint star across the sky.”

Said to be Rupert Brooke, quoted in The Outward Urge : John Wyndham and Lucas Parkes (1959)

All warfare is based on deception. We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbours.” 

Sun Tzu, The Art of War (fl. 400-320 BC)

As the man said, “Any fool can manage a clever man, but it takes a very clever woman to manage a fool”

Byerley Vorrutyer, misquoting Rudyard Kipling Three - and An Extra, Plain Tales From The Hills (1888)The authentic quotation reads “the silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool”

Draco, this is Elli. The Tertium Quid

Byerley Vorrutyer, misquoting Rudyard Kipling At The Pit’s Mouth (“Once upon a time there was a Man and his Wife and a Tertium Quid”) 

A double-headed eagle, surrounded by elaborate curlicues, bearing on its breast a small, square ended ellipse with a single vertical stroke through it.

The house badge of Faberge, jewellers to the Imperial Russian Court.

And I have heard of some people who were once in a - somewhat similar - position.

Bocaccio, The Decameron, begins with ten Florentine nobels exiled to the countryside outside Florence by the effects of the Black Death, telling each other stories to pass the time.

For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground,
And tell sad stories of the deaths of king

Shakespeare, Richard II 

The patriot fights for his countryside

Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of Boh Da Thone.

-totally on the warpath and off to find a peasant she could rend tooth and nail
But the She-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail -For the female of the species is more deadly than the male;

Rudyard Kipling, The Female of the Species.