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Only a Second or Two  by Larner

VIII.  Cue:  Contrast of beauty and ugliness


What Might Have Been

            “Sam-dad, when you saw Uncle Frodo claim the Ring--what did he look like?”

            How can he answer this question?  How can he tell his daughter that the one Hobbit he’d always considered the most beautiful of souls born within Middle Earth at that moment looked----

            Well, it was impossible to say precisely how Frodo’d looked at that instant, when madness had taken him so completely he looked quite sane!  But the beauty he’d always found in Frodo Baggins was overlaid by the cunning of the Ring.  It was the only time he’d ever seen his beloved Master as repulsive!

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