- I can understand, - he said, - Your Majesty's need to pass the time.
- Pass the time? - said the Queen. - Books are not about passing the time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, Sir Kevin, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.

in "The Uncommon Reader", 2006

― Consigo entender, ― disse ele, ― a necessidade que Vossa Majestade tem de passar o tempo.
― Passar o tempo? ― disse a Rainha. ― Os livros não são para passar o tempo. São sobre outras vidas. Outros mundos. Longe de querermos que o tempo passe, Sir Kevin, quem nos dera ter mais. Se quiséssemos passar o tempo, íamos à Nova Zelândia.

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