Paying dear silver

A poignant quote:

The owner tugged on the halter until the mare reluctantly stumbled into a painfully unbalanced trot. I cringed as my father’s scowl fell upon me. “Why do you choose a crippled animal, Oyuna? You know better! Who would pay silver for such?”

But the white mare was being led back to me, her dark eyes looking into mine. My father was right. Who would pay dear silver for a cripple?

“No one,” I answered quietly. “Because no one would pay silver for me.” Looking into my father’s face, I saw that he flushed. “But this is the horse that I choose.”

—pages 48-49, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson (taken from an advance copy; page numbers and the text itself may have been changed for the final copy)

I received this book from the publisher.

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3 responses to “Paying dear silver

  1. Beautiful quote. It makes me curious about the book, too. Sounds like an interesting read!

  2. Hannah, hope the move is going well for you! 🙂

    This quote is wonderful and if it is a sample of what the writing in this book is like, I am very interested in knowing more.

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