She Bore Old Lines on Her Back: Zombie Bible Quote #96


A young woman encounters the dead in second-century Rome in What Our Eyes Have Witnessed

Regina had trembled as she watched from the door, her heart beating with a purely animal fear at the nearness of the dead; she could neither swing the door shut nor step through it. At the extremity of her fear, her face darkened with shame and anger. She was no Roman patrician bred on milk and water, to tumble from her chair at the first sight of something unsavory. Of Rome she may be, but of the Subura, where knives, not gossip, flashed across dinner tables. And her ancestry was Syrian, of a people whose bones were strong as the bones of the hills in which they lived. She bore old lines on her back, a savage record of what would be witnessed and what could be survived.

– What Our Eyes Have Witnessed

726c3-woehw_cover_litoreWelcome to Episode #96 of my countdown of 101 quotes from The Zombie Bible. This passage is from a retelling of the martyrdom of Polycarp. If you haven’t read it, I hope you will check it out!

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