"The Third Day, The Frost",
p115/116 - Homer matures
"'But we haven't got time to sneak along in the bush.'
Fi said. 'It'll be light soon.'
'We have to', Homer said. 'Don't forget, this raid is a chance
in a million. If anything goes wrong we can call it off, no harm
done, no need to feel bad. It's much too big for us, anyway. I think
we should put our own safety higher than going on with this.'
I was really staggered. I'm sure Homer wasn't scared. His
voice was steady and strong. I think he'd just weighed the risks
and made a scientific judgment. For hot-headed Homer this was very
cool. Something about it pleased me a lot, though, and not only
the fact that it slightly increased my chances of staying alive.
I think it was the hope that maybe Homer no longer felt a great
macho need to prove himself by leaping wildly into action at every