'Secrets! As a child you come to see the world's crisscrossed with them like electromagnetic waves, maybe even held together by them. But you can't know. Not, as kids, say for sure. And if you blunder by accident into a secret it's like you've pushed open a door where you thought was just a wall. You can look through, if you're brave or reckless enough you can even step inside - taking a chance that what you'll learn is worth what it costs.'
Joyce Carol Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys, p.94.