A Quaker Made Famous through Mass Merchandising

So today I bought a copy of the new Harry Potter at our local independent bookshop. Before I gave it to Robin -- who gets to read it first, and then Nine Year Old, and then me -- I did read the front matter and first page or two. And found this quote:
Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.

William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude
(as quoted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. xi)

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In other news, Linda posted some photos from the FGC Gathering on her blog, Boundless Stores of Grace. She even included a couple shots of Nine Year Old at the Heart of the Beast rehearsal! (That's him on the right.)

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anj said...

Oh - last night, as I opened the pages of this book, slowly 'borrowing' it from the asleep 15 year olds hands, I was delighted to see this same quote. I read up to Chapter 15, before I had to turn off the light; I am now hoping he and the 13 year old will both go to see their friends soon, so I can continue the read.

Robin M. said...

yes, our son, that would be the one in the flower that looks the most like fire...

Anyway, I'm done. It was worth it, that's all I'll say. But the nine year old says he wants to finish re-reading the series before he starts #7. He's currently in the middle of #4. If you hurry, you could be done by the time he finishes #5&6.

Suzy said...

So my question about that quote is, in the original is it supposed to be capital F Friend? Anyone know?