"To be free, one must give up a part of oneself."
Hedwig Schmidt, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
"The stars are falling again, like incandescent snowflakes. They burn so briefly, and so low, you can't really even call it 'light'. They burn only just enough... Only just enough... Only just bright enough to let you know they're there."
Alexander Danner, Whispered Apologies: The stars are falling again (2005)
I took the opportunity of being alone in the court-yard, to look at my coarse hands and my common boots.
Pip, Great Expectations (1861)