sometimes i want to believe
... when the fairy sang the whole world listened to him. stephen felt clouds pause in their passing; he felt sleeping hills shift and murmur; he felt cold mists dance. he understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands. in the fairy’s song the earth recognized the names by which it called itself.
susanna clarke jonathon strange and mr norrell