"Her name is Ananda."

29 October 2008

            Meg looked at him, but he only smiled slightly. She put the food down and the dog ate hungrily, but tidily.

            “Ananda,” Mrs. Murry said thoughtfully. “That rings some kind of bell.”

            “It’s Sanskrit,” Charles Wallace said.

            Meg asked, “Does it mean anything?”

            “That joy in existence without which the universe will fall apart and collapse.”

            “That’s a mighty big name for one dog to carry,” Mrs. Murry said.

            “She’s a large dog, and it’s her name,” Charles Wallace replied.

— from A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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