“Even dressed in rags, you will always be the son of a patroon. If you are disgraced, you do not fall. You are cast out, not down. It is only those of us in the middle who must cling to each slippery rung of the ladder for dear life.”
“Unless you jump. Leap off the ladder into the unknown.”His voice was almost wistful.
"In a man that would be called boldness. In a woman, it is called something else.”