Sunday, March 26, 2006
Monster Part 2 -- Grendel
"...'Monster!' he howled.
'And the joy of self-knowledge, that's a great compensation! The easy and absolute certainty that whatever the danger, however terrible the odds, you'll stand firm, behave with the dignity of a hero, yea, even to the grave!'
'No more talk!' he yelled. His voice broke. He lifted his sword to make a run at me, and I laughed--howled--and threw an apple at him. He dodged, and then his mouth dropped open. I laughed harder, threw another. He dodged again.
'Hey!' he yelled. A forgivable lapse.
And now I was raining apples at him and laughing myself weak. ..."
Copyright 1971 John Gardner