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Lecture 2

ENG239H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: A Forest, Sea Foam, Seashell


Department
English
Course Code
ENG239H1
Professor
Mike Johnstone
Lecture
2

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Lecture'2''
The'Last'Unicorn,'chapters'1410'
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Unicorns'are'“Magic'
The$unicorn$lived$in$a$lilac$wood,$and$she$lived$all$alone.$She$was$very$old,$though$she$did$not$know$it,$and$she$was$
no$longer$the$careless$color$of$sea$foam,$but$rather$the$color$of$snow$falling$on$a$moonlit$night.$But$her$eyes$were$
still$clear$and$unwearied,$and$she$still$moved$like$a$shadow$on$the$sea.$
She$did$not$look$anything$like$a$horned$horse,$as$unicorns$are$often$pictured,$being$smaller$and$cloven=hoofed,$and$
possessing$that$oldest,$wildest$grace$that$horses$have$never$had,$that$deer$have$only$in$a$shy,$thin$imitation$and$
goats$in$dancing$mockery.$Her$neck$was$long$and$slender,$making$her$head$seem$smaller$than$it$was,$and$the$mane$
that$fell$almost$to$the$middle$of$her$back$was$as$soft$as$dandelion$fluff$and$as$fine$as$cirrus.$She$had$pointed$ears$
and$thin$legs,$with$feathers$of$white$hair$at$the$ankles;$and$the$long$horn$above$her$eyes$shone$and$shivered$with$
its$own$seashell$light$even$in$the$deepest$midnight.$She$had$killed$dragons$with$it,$and$healed$a$king$whose$
poisoned$wound$would$not$close,$and$knocked$down$ripe$chestnuts$for$bear$cubs.$
Unicorns$are$immortal.$It$is$their$nature$to$live$alone$in$one$place:$usually$a$forest$where$there$is$a$pool$clear$
enough$for$them$to$see$themselves$==$for$they$are$a$little$vain,$knowing$themselves$to$be$the$most$beautiful$
creatures$in$all$the$world,$and$magic$besides.$They$mate$very$rarely,$and$no$place$is$most$enchanted$than$one$
where$a$unicorn$has$been$born.$The$last$time$she$had$seen$another$unicorn$the$young$virgins$who$still$came$
seeking$her$now$and$then$had$called$to$her$in$a$different$tongue;$but$then,$she$had$no$idea$of$months$and$years$and$
centuries,$or$even$of$seasons.$$
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It$was$always$spring$in$her$forest,$because$she$lived$there,$and$she$wandered$all$day$among$the$great$beech$trees,$
keeping$watch$over$the$animals$that$lived$in$the$ground$and$under$bushes,$in$nests$and$caves,$earths$and$treetops.$
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Generation$after$generation,$wolves$and$rabbits$alike,$they$hunted$and$loved$and$had$children$and$died,$and$as$the$
unicorn$did$none$of$these$things,$she$never$grew$tired$of$watching$them.!
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forest$where$there$is$a$pool$clear$enough$for$them$to$see$themselves$==$for$they$are$a$little$vain,$knowing$
themselves$to$be$the$most$beautiful$creatures$in$all$the$world,$and$magic$besides.$!
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Romance,'The'Quest,'and'the'Hero’s'Journey'
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voice$and$eyes$were$as$stern$as$he$could$make$them,$but$he$could$feel$his$nose$being$bewildered.$He$had$never$been$
able$to$discipline$his$nose.”$
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The'Hero’s'Journey!
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But$before$they$were$out$of$sight,$the$first$hunter$looked$back$over$his$shoulder$and$called,$just$as$though$he$could$
see$the$unicorn$standing$in$shadow,$"Stay$where$you$are,$poor$beast.$This$is$no$world$for$you.$Stay$in$your$forest,$
and$keep$your$trees$green$and$your$friends$long=lived.$Pay$no$mind$to$young$girls,$for$they$never$become$anything$
more$than$silly$old$women.$And$good$luck$to$you."$
The$unicorn$stood$still$at$the$edge$of$the$forest$and$said$aloud,$"I$am$the$only$unicorn$there$is."$They$were$the$first$
words$she$had$spoken,$even$to$herself,$in$more$than$a$hundred$years.$
That$can't$be,$she$thought.$She$had$never$minded$being$alone,$never$seeing$another$unicorn,$because$she$had$
always$known$that$there$were$others$like$her$in$the$world,$and$a$unicorn$needs$no$more$than$that$for$company.$
"But$I$would$know$if$all$the$others$were$gone.$I'd$be$gone$too.$Nothing$can$happen$to$them$that$does$not$happen$to$
me."$
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