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“On the last day in Brighton, Qayyum stood for a very long time near the doorway of Ward 3. Along the length of the walls were paintings of slim-trunked trees. A caged bird and an uncaged bird looked at each other, their gazes undeflected by the black and white butterflies flitting between them. The caged bird was the same muted orange as the door to its prison; the uncaged bird was the brown of the branch on which it stood, the tips of its wings the green and red of surrounding leaves and flowers. Qayyum took a step back—the birds, the flowers, the butterflies, and the tree itself were enclosed in a gold frame, its shape that of a cage.”

— A God in Every Stone, Kamila Shamsie

The Persian Empire, c. 515 BC

The British Empire, c. 1914

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