Quotation by Doris Lessing

But what these had been, our peoples, our selves—were with us then, were us, had become us—could not be anything but us, their representatives—and we, together, the Representative, at last found the pole that was the extremity of our old planet, the dark cold pole that had been built, once, to guide in the space-fleets of Canopus, when they visited us. There we left that planet, and came to where we are now. We, the Representative, many and one, came here, where Canopus tends and guards and instructs.
Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. The Representative, in The Making of the Representative of Planet 8, p. 121, Knopf (1982).
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