When Things Are Intensely Themselves

There is trust in the world when things are intensely themselves. Nothing is lying about what it is and what it is not. Everything can be taken at face value—good willed or bad intentioned. It evokes a feeling of simplicity that comes when all things seem knowable and all problems are soluble.

From The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman:

The morning was sparkling; things were intensely themselves […] she felt she could trust the world.

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