“It is quite true that the way up to the High Places is both difficult and dangerous,” said the Shepherd. “It has to be, so that nothing which is an enemy of Love can make the ascent and invade the Kingdom. Nothing blemished or imperfect is allowed there, and the inhabitants of the High Places do need ‘hinds’ (a deer) feet. I have them myself,” he added with a smile, “and like a young hart or roebuck I can go leaping on the mountains and skipping on the hills with the greatest ease and pleasure. But, Much-Afraid, I could make yours like hinds’ feet also, and set you upon the High Places. You could serve me then much more fully and be out of reach of all your enemies.