I tried to be a better person for her– but it was to impress her, to get her to want me. but when i’m around you, i want to be better because… well, because it feels right. because i want to. you make me want to become something greater than myself. i want to excel. you inspire me in every act, every word, every glance. i look at you, and you’re like… like light made into flesh. […] you have no clue how beautiful you are or how brightly you shine.
And in addition to its practical uses, it would seem to work for cosmetic purposes. This powder would make my very skin glimmer for eternity." henry frowned. "not eternity," he said, but then he brightened. "but i could make you up another batch whenever you please!" "i could shine at will!" magnus grinned at henry.
And when the firemen turned off the hose and were standing in the wet, smoky room, jim's aunt, miss. prothero, came downstairs and peered in at them. jim and i waited, very quietly, to hear what she would say to them. she said the right thing, always. she looked at the three tall firemen in their shining helmets, standing among the smoke and cinders and dissolving snowballs, and she said, "would you like anything to read?