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Tear Jerker: 1632
In Chapter 15 of the novella "Four Days on the Danube" from Ring of Fire III, the story of Ursula Gerisch, who fled the stench of her father's tannery to wed a handsome young lieutenant ... only to be left in the lurch by his death, and by the death of each of the soldiers after him for whom she served as a concubine, until she ended up warming the bed of Colonel von Troiberz: a bitter, unpleasant, and quite literally foul human being whose sole virtue to Ursula's eyes is that he does not beat her. When she finds herself in a dirigible after Rita Simpson rescues her from the freezing woods in the wake of firebombing the village von Troiberz was passed out drunk in, her reaction is almost heartbreaking:
Some time later, looking out at the moon from the gondola, Ursula finally spoke.
"I'm flying," she said, wonderingly. "I'm really flying."