All children are heartless. They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb tall trees and say shocking things and leap so very high that grown-up hearts flutter in terror. Hearts weigh quite a lot. That is why it takes so long to grow one. But, as in their reading and arithmetic and drawing, different children proceed at different speeds. (It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.)
Catherynne M. Valente, ”The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making”. Visst är det en fin – och trovärdig – teori som ryms inom parantesen?