“Most of them accepted namelessness with the perfect indifference with which they had so long accepted and ignored their names. Whales and dolphins, seals and sea otters consented with particular alacrity, sliding into anonymity as into their element. A faction of yaks, however, protested. They said that "yak" sounded right, and that almost everyone who knew they existed called them that...”

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(“She Unnames Them”, Ursula LeGuin. I was thinking about it and found an online text.)

@ghost_bird this was a delight to read. her affection for cats comes through

@dark_soil It does. And the last line always chokes me up for some reason.

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