The Great Cycle
"It all makes sense," Ed went on, "the imperfect matter purified, but purity is without vitality -- the greening into life, and then the chaos of life, which has to flourish if you want to get anything potent out of it -- and then the re-focusing of chaos, making it true without sterilizing it into lifeless purity, and then the willing sacrifice, the offering of the self -- but I still don't understand where the energy for the final stage, the rebirth from the flames, I don't see how you can get that -- it's not physically possible, there's nothing entering the reaction there . . ."
- Part 1 of The Great Cycle
Emotions were messy and complicated and his impulse with all things messy and complicated was to skewer them like an insect on a pin and then examine them from all angles.
- Part 2 of The Great Cycle