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Robert Silverberg, Sailing to Byzantium (excerpts)

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       Gioia sidled gong the catwalk until she was at his side. 'The guide was talking before you came,' she said, pointing. 'Do you see that place over there, under the mirror? Someone standing there and looking into the mirror gets a view of ships at sea that can't be seen from here by the naked eye. The mirror magnifies things.'

       'Do you believe that?'

       She nodded towards the guide. 'It said so. And it also told us that if you look in a certain way, you can see right across the water into the city of Constantinople.'

       She is like a child, he thought. They all are. He said, 'You told me yourself this very morning that it isn't possible to see that far. Besides, Constantinople doesn't exist right now.'

       'It will,' she replied. '«You» said that to me, this very morning. And when it does, it'll be reflected in the Lighthouse mirror. That's the truth. I'm absolutely certain of it.' ...

 

       'We'll go to Constantinople together. We'll leave tomorrow, eh? What do you say? We'll charter a boat. It's a quick little hop, right across the Mediterranean. Sailing to Byzantium! There was a poem, you know, in my time. Not forgotten, I guess, because they've programmed it into me. All these thousands of years, and someone still remembers old Yeats. «The young in one another's arms, birds in the trees». Come with me to Byzantium, Gioia.' ...

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       Cf. Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium (1927), Byzantium (1930) * A History of Byzantium * Aspects of Byzantium in Modern Popular Music * Byzantium & Modern Greece Resources  * Greek Orthodoxy - From Apostolic Times to the Present Day

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