[PW] Source of Quotation that begins "Some people mirror our darkness" circa 1990s

Katherine Harper kharper4 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 07:17:21 PDT 2021

The bit in quotation marks should read "hooks" rather than "hoops." It is
not from Shakespeare, but an 1848 essay by Horace Greeley.


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On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 5:34 AM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> Below is a pertinent match. Your quotation seems to be a condensed
> version of the following passage. The quotation marks near the end of
> the passage signal that the author(s) were probably referencing
> Shakespeare for the final phrase.
> [Begin  excerpt]
>> Some relationships are accurate mirrors of the darkness inside us,
> others accurately reflect the light. Occasionally, we find one that
> reflects both. That's the relationship we either flee from, or
> "grapple to our hearts with hoops of steel."
> [End excerpt]
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 1:25 AM Kathryn Crissman
> <kathryn_crissman at fastmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I am looking for the origin of the following quotation or poem…
> > "Some people mirror our darkness. Others adequately reflect our light.
> > Occasionally, we find one who does both. This is the one we either flee
> from
> > or grapple to our hearts with hoops of steel."

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