April 19, 2021

from The Velvetine Rabbit

He said, "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or who have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But those things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."