a scene from the golden door
"It is true enough, skimmers killed three families in Northwall last night. It is only the first riot of many, I fear. When people are afraid they do not think before they act."
"Folk at the market were saying that there was a riot in Northwall this morning. Can this be true? Citizens of Weld acting like barbarians?"
"And you most of all, Dirk, I imagine."
"They are sick of the Wardens excuses, And they are right. Everyone on the wall was talking of it today.
"Why not? It is obvious to everyone that a new leader must have risen among the barbarians - a warlord determined to conquer Weld at last. Every year, more skimmers come. Every year we lose more food and more lives, and work on the walls further behind. The enemy is weakening us, little by little."
"We do not know there is an enemy, Dirk. For all we know the skimmers come here of their own accord. For skimmers, Weld may be nothing but a giant feeding bowl, in which tender prey are conveniently trapped."
Rye's stomach turned over.
"Sholto! Do not say such things! Especially in front of Rye!"
"Why not in front of me? I am not a baby!"
"We might as well face the truth. A wall that cannot be climbed, and which has no gates, is all very well when it keeps dangers out. But it works two ways. It also makes prisoners of those who are inside it."
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