but don’t tell me

Literary Tattoos: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities Literary Tattoos: Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

This is Staci’s tattoo.

My tattoo is from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve loved this book since I stopped hating it the moment I got done reading it freshman year of high school. It was one of those books you struggle through so intensely that you almost miss the genius. Almost.

The tattoo reads ‘Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop,’ returned madame; “but don’t tell me.” punctuated exactly as it is in the book. There’s a double meaning to it for me–first, this novel solidified my love for the written word, and made me want to write better, deeper, more important; the quote itself reminds me that even the elements we deem impossible to overcome are mere roadblocks if you believe in your own strength and personal philosophy.


  1. Caitlin says

    I love this! I love all the punctuation, and I love the font – can I ask what it is? it looks fantastic – and I love the size of it as well – i’m planning on getting a literary tattoo on the inside of my upper arm and that size looks perfect! :)

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