By Marion Zimmer Bradley
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But Gilrae was always with Giltallen—they were coupled before I was born—and now she's always with Gilhart. " Ramie said gently, "What was it they used to say in Nursery? ' I'm glad to see Rae happy again. This last year has been so terribly hard for her. " Ramie's dark eyes flamed for a moment with indignation. " "I hate to see Tallen forgotten like this. And Gilmarin. Didn't you care—" "Doran, how can you? Of course I care; I loved Gilmarin, as much as you did. He was my first—" her voice caught and she looked away.
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And every time we go into a new solar system, we are like you throwing the die: you can't be absolutely sure a seven will come up, even if you've thrown it nine times already and haven't had a seven; you could get any one of the twenty numbers, any one time. Our next solar system could have a good planet, just as any of the last six or seven could have had one; but the fact that we haven't had one for seven solar systems doesn't mean we're any more likely to have one this time. We could get three good planets in a row from three systems, or we could keep on drawing blanks fifteen or twenty or eighty times in a row.