A fort and a story

Forever Quixote

“Pretty view”, he remarked.

“Yeah, it’s great isn’t it? It stirs all patriotic ravings you could hear about picturesque Romania or the gently flowing Ozana, as clear as crystal.”

“The what?”

“It’s the river. It’s called Ozana, and what I said was a famous quotation from a classical writer; without it we wouldn’t even know the river’s name. Of course, in his times, it might have really been clear as crystal, but now you wouldn’t quite say that, would you?” and she laughed cheerfully.

“No, I probably wouldn’t”, said Peter, “but it has to be a lovely thing if it’s so famous – I mean, the quotation – it must have some other value, and so does the river here, too. Since everyone knows it.”

“Yeah, I guess so. Bed-time stories and school curriculum”, Mona concluded. “Of course it’s compulsory reading in secondary school.”

They slowly turned around and walked…

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