[Image: First image is Utena in her rose bride outfit, on the ground after being stabbed. Second image is Utena back in her duelist outfit, using her fists to force herself back up.
Text: I don’t have to keep trying, there is no obligation for me to not just give up, just slump down until I fall away and join the inanimate matter of this strange other world. I don’t have to keep trying. Remember that, I say to myself, as I keep trying.]
Text originally from WtNV episode 41 “WALK”.
As they were riveting the bolt of his collar shackle with great whacks of the hammer at the back of his neck, he wept, he choked on tears that prevented him from speaking; the only thing he managed to get out from time to time was: “I was a pruner in Faverolles.” Then, sobbing all the while, he raised his right hand and lowered it gradually seven times as though patting seven heads at different heights and through this gesture you could guess that whatever it was he had done, he had done it to feed and clothe seven small children.
Les Misérables (Julie Rose translation, Part One, Book Two, Chapter VI - Jean Valjean)