— Susanna Clarke, “John Uskglass & the Cumbrian Charcoal Burner”
"So the Charcoal Burner walked to Grasmere and when he got there he shouted and banged on the walls with a candlestick. Saint Oswald put his head out of Heaven and cried, “Do you have to shout so loud? I am not deaf! What do you want? And put down that candlestick! It was expensive!” During their holy and blessed lives Saint Kentigern and Saint Bridget had been a monk and a nun respectively; they were full of mild, saintly patience. But Saint Oswald had been a king and a soldier, and he was a very different sort of person."