I recently watched Young Einstein and was wondering how influential it was in the birth of Steampunk. That guitar feels like the quintessence of Steampunk, glued-on gears and all.
After a time, Ekaterin remarked, "I want to go home. But I don't want to go back to Old Barrayar."
"No more do I, dear. It's wonderful and dramatic to be able to read about. So nice to be able to read, you know."
"I know girls who pine for it. They like to play dress-up and pretend being Vor ladies of old, rescued from menace by romantic Vor youths. For some reason they never play dying in childbirth, or vomiting your guts out from the red dysentery, or weaving till you go blind and crippled from arthritis and dye poisoning, or infanticide. Well, they do die romantically of disease sometimes, but somehow it's always an illness that makes you interestingly pale and everyone sorry and doesn't involve losing bowel control."
Lois McMaster Bujold, Komarr
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