“Anna knew she had to cross the desert.  Over it, on the far side, were mountains–purple and orange and grey.  The colours of the dream were extraordinarily beautiful and vivid.  The dream marked a change in Anna, in her knowledge of herself.  In the desert she was alone, and there was no water, and she was a long way from the springs.  She woke knowing that if she was to cross the desert she must shed burdens.”

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook


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