"He remembered the joy which the sight of the big night-bird always caused to the heart of Childerique. 'I count that a great stroke of luck, a great happiness, to see an owl,' she had said to him. He had asked her if she believed that the birds were omens of happiness. 'I do not know,' she said, 'I think it is a great happiness, in itself, to see them.'"
~ Text: Isak Dinesen's "The Caryatids" in Last Tales