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*queen of nothing spoilers* I was thinking about Cardan’s experience as a snake and thought that it must have been horrible when he came back to himself because he killed Grimsen and a lot of knights when he really wanted to not cross that line and not take lives but then I realised that the first time Cardan killed wasn’t when his humanity was stolen it was when Madoc kidnapped Jude and Cardan took out half of his knights trying to stop them and then I cried for a bit

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An Insider’s Guide to the Folk of the Air: Cardan’s Copy of “Alice in Wonderland”, 3/?

He looked down at a red book embossed in gold. The title was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. He frowned at it in confusion. It wasn’t what he’d thought a mortal book would be like; he thought they would be dull things, odes to their cars or skyscrapers. But then he recalled how humans were frequently brought to Faerie for their skill in the arts. Flipping the book open, he read the first sentence his gaze fell upon.

“I always thought they were fabulous monsters!” said the Unicorn.

Cardan had to flip a few pages back to see whom the Unicorn was discussing. A child. A human girl who had fallen into a place that was apparently called Wonderland.

“This is really a mortal book?” he asked.

He leafed through more pages, frowning.

“Tut, tut, child!” said the Duchess. “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.”

Rhyia leaned over and pushed a fallen strand of his hair back over one of his ears. “Take it.” 

“You want me to have it?” he asked, just to be sure.

He wondered what he’d done that was worthy of being commemorated with a present. 

“I thought you could use a little nonsense,” she told him, which worried him a little. 

He took it home with him, and the next day he took it to the edge of the water. He sat, opened the book, and began to read. Time slipped away, and he didn’t notice someone sulking behind him.

“Sulking by the sea, princeling?”

- Chapter VII. The Prince of Elfhame is Given Two Stories, How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black <br> </div><span>Se dio cuenta de que no tenía que sentir miedo. Solo tenía que mostrar miedo.</span>
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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black <br> </div><span>Nunca me pareció que te importara mucho nada.</span>
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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black <br> </div><span>Elige un futuro, le habían ordenado. Pero nadie elige un futuro. Eliges un camino sin estar seguro de adónde te lleva.</span>
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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black <br> </div><span>Todos se lastiman entre sí, y las personas que amas te lastiman más gravemente.</span>
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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black <br> </div><span>Interpretar al villano era lo único en lo que realmente se había destacado.</span>
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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black<br> </div><span>A nadie le agradaba mucho, y se dijo así mismo que le importaba poco los demás. Y si a veces pensaba cómo podría hacer algo para ganarse el favor de los demás para que lo amaran y lo respetaran, se lo guardó para sí mismo. <br> Ciertamente no le pidió a nadie que le contara historias y, sin embargo, le pareció agradable que le contaran una. También se lo guardó para sí mismo.</span>
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<div> —  How the king of Elfhame learned to hate stories by Holly Black<br> </div><span>Tenía una tendencia a la frivolidad en los peores momentos posibles</span>
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