It is the poor man who clenches so tightly to the gold he is given – for fear of losing it. The man of wealth spends his gold freely to accomplish his will in the world. It is the same with life.’ Suddenly ashamed of my conspicuous poverty, I lowered my eyes. But Scatha placed a hand beneath my chin and raised my head. ‘Cling too tightly to your life and you will lose it, my Reluctant Warrior. You must become the master of your life, not its slave.