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    So, what kinds of fiction do you read? Is there a passage in a novel you reading atm which describes an idea, person or relationship you think is interesting, which could relate to a particular type or intertype relationship?

    I'm currently reading Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule. Here is a passage describing a connection between an EII and an IEI (I think).

    He looked into her eyes a long moment. "You too are a very rare person, Kahlan Amnell. There are not many who would have stood as you did."
    She did not blush, but smiled again. It was an odd sort of smile, a special smile, not showing any teeth. Her lips were pressed together, as one would do when taking another into one's confidence. Her eyes sparkled. It was a smile of sharing. (18)
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    Herman Hesse.
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    Roald Dahl (he wrote more than just children's books), Kurt Vonegut, Jr., Robert Penn Warren... now that I think about it, I don't read all that much fiction anymore. Mostly poetry.
    "How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
    -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby View Post
    Mostly poetry.
    Any particular author(s) or just a variety?
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    I've been rediscovering Peter Shaffer (not a novelist, a playwright - but close enough ). A passage I particularly like from Equus, spoken by the psychiatrist:

    The Normal is the good smile in a child's eyes - all right. It is also the dead stare in a million adults. It both sustains and kills - like a God. It is the Ordinary made beautiful; it is also the average made lethal. The Normal is the indispensible, murderous God of Health, and I am his Priest. My tools are very delicate. My compassion is honest. I have honestly assisted children in this room. I have talked away terrors and relieved many agonies. But also - beyond question - I have cut from them parts of individuality repugnant to this God, in both his aspects. Parts sacred to rarer and more wonderful Gods. And at what length... Sacrifices to Zeus took at the most, surely, sixty seconds each. Sacrifices to the Normal can take as long as sixty months.
    ...

    The thing is, I'm desperate. You see, I'm wearing that horse's head myself. That's the feeling. All reined up in old language and old assumptions, straining to jump clean-hoofed on to a whole new track of being I only suspect is there. I can't see it, because my educated, average head is being held at the wrong angle. I can't jump because the bit forbids it, and my own basic force - my horsepower, if you like - is too little.
    Tom Robbins is particularly IEI, I think. I find his writing rather adorable:

    Who knows how to make love stay?

    1. Tell love you are going to Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if love stays, it can have half. It will stay.

    2. Tell love you want a momento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burt the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a mustache on your face. Find love. Tell it you are someone new. It will stay.

    3. Wake love up in the middle of the night. Tell it the world is on fire. Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it. Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right. Fall asleep. Love will be there in the morning.
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    I've been a huge fantasy buff over the past few years. I try to round out my experience with classics, and hip modern fiction, but I like fantasy best. Lately I've been exploring science fiction as well.
    SLI/ISTp -- Te subtype

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    Poets: Walt Whitman, John Keats, Wallace Stevens, recently into Arthur Rimbaud as well, some Auden, Fernando Pessoa, some William Wordsworth, Henri Cole is very good although I'm not very well-read in his poetry, Wilfred Owen is really good too, and so is Yeats.

    Playwrights: Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare, and Ibsen (@octupuslove, I love Equus too!)

    Novelists: I don't read many novels but I'm enjoying Jane Austen, and I enjoyed Kafka's Metamorphosis.
    Not a rule, just a trend.

    IEI. Probably Fe subtype. Pretty sure I'm E4, sexual instinctual type, fairly confident that I'm a 3 wing now, so: IEI-Fe E4w3 sx/so. Considering 3w4 now, but pretty sure that 4 fits the best.

    Yes 'a ma'am that's pretty music...

    I am grateful for the mystery of the soul, because without it, there could be no contemplation, except of the mysteries of divinity, which are far more dangerous to get wrong.

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