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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ They were thus especially suitable to guard sacred relics and great sanctuaries.
▪ A new sanctuary had been built.
▪ The new sanctuary has been set up on dry prairie land south of Lac Leman.
▪ It is used by fishermen and is designated a bird sanctuary.
▪ Nearby is the Heritage Museum of local history and the Wildfowl Trust bird sanctuary.
▪ Perhaps the only way of getting a picture would be to take one in a bird sanctuary.
▪ Today, the site at Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands is a bird sanctuary.
▪ A number of bird sanctuaries were seriously affected by the spill.
▪ You can take a boat trip along the coast to Lundy Island, the famous bird sanctuary.
▪ Read in studio Thieves have stolen seventeen rare parrots from a bird sanctuary.
▪ Read in studio A wildlife sanctuary has appointed it's first resident artist.
▪ A wildlife sanctuary is releasing eight of the animals into a special protected set.
▪ At the wildlife sanctuary in Caerlaverock you can see natterjack toads, and in winter flocks of geese arrive.
▪ Joan found the transition from sanctuary to Tower wholly satisfactory.
▪ They fled with their father by ship to Argos, where they found sanctuary.
▪ How did she know that she could find sanctuary in the familiar and the ordinary?
▪ She found sanctuary in this remote place where she stayed alone for fifteen years.
▪ He found sanctuary in the Priory church.
▪ Even if she left the dubious sanctuary of the car she had no clue to the best direction in which to seek help.
▪ It was necessary, she told her persuasively, that she leave sanctuary for the time being.
▪ Now tell them firmly to leave your inner sanctuary.
▪ Heaving his body up to his feet he left his cool sanctuary and ambled over towards them.
▪ Like you, I intend to seek sanctuary with Resenence Jeopardy.
▪ But word also had it that he was up in Abra, seeking sanctuary from the government at a church.
▪ After a few hundred yards, he sought sanctuary in a nearby house.
▪ He had instructed Simon to wait, and had sought sanctuary in the corner of the Chamber.
▪ Where monks sat in quiet contemplation, guests now seek sanctuary from the city's bustle amid lush palms and ivy.
▪ Nor did he seek sanctuary in numbers.
▪ Suchinda had resigned on May 24 and had subsequently sought sanctuary in a military barracks in Bangkok, the capital.
▪ Would a person like Crevecoeur be so desperate as to seek sanctuary in such a place?
▪ I thought of my bedroom as a sanctuary.
▪ The center is a sanctuary for battered women.
▪ The Church should be a sanctuary for the oppressed.
▪ After 20 calls to animal sanctuaries a person who would foster Holly was found, so that the woman could have her operation.
▪ Behind them all walked Bishop Corrada, who sat in the sanctuary, solemn and stone-faced, throughout the liturgy.
▪ But the mountains are more than sanctuaries.
▪ Even if she left the dubious sanctuary of the car she had no clue to the best direction in which to seek help.
▪ It is a society with few sanctuaries when protectors turn upon you.
▪ My insight into this came at the Ranthambhor tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.
▪ So school becomes a sanctuary, a haven of stability, hot food and teachers who care.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sanctuary \Sanc"tu*a*ry\, n.; pl. Sanctuaries. [OE. seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.] A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site. Hence, specifically:

  1. The most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called the Holy of Holies, in which was kept the ark of the covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter except the high priest, and he only once a year, to intercede for the people; also, the most sacred part of the tabernacle; also, the temple at Jerusalem.

  2. (Arch.) The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed.

  3. A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship.

  4. A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection.

    These laws, whoever made them, bestowed on temples the privilege of sanctuary.

    The admirable works of painting were made fuel for the fire; but some relics of it took sanctuary under ground, and escaped the common destiny.

    Wildlife sanctuary, a tract of land set aside by law for the preservation of wildlife, in which no hunting is permitted.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "building set apart for holy worship," from Anglo-French sentuarie, Old French saintuaire "sacred relic, holy thing; reliquary, sanctuary," from Late Latin sanctuarium "a sacred place, shrine" (especially the Hebrew Holy of Holies; see sanctum), also "a private room," from Latin sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).\n

\nSince the time of Constantine and by medieval Church law, fugitives or debtors enjoyed immunity from arrest in certain churches, hence transferred sense of "immunity from punishment" (late 14c.). Exceptions were made in England in cases of treason and sacrilege. General (non-ecclesiastical) sense of "place of refuge or protection" is attested from 1560s; as "land set aside for wild plants or animals to breed and live" it is recorded from 1879.


n. A place of safety, refuge(,) or protection.

  1. n. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

  2. a shelter from danger or hardship [syn: refuge, asylum]

  3. area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing [syn: chancel, bema]

Sanctuary, TX -- U.S. town in Texas
Population (2000): 256
Housing Units (2000): 111
Land area (2000): 0.263664 sq. miles (0.682887 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.263664 sq. miles (0.682887 sq. km)
FIPS code: 65066
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 32.908822 N, 97.584209 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Sanctuary, TX

A sanctuary, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine. By the use of such places as a haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety. This secondary use can be categorized into human sanctuary, a safe place for humans, such as a political sanctuary; and non-human sanctuary, such as an animal or plant sanctuary.

Sanctuary (band)

Sanctuary is an American Heavy metal band founded in Seattle in 1985. They split up in 1992, but reformed 18 years later. The band consists of Warrel Dane (vocals), Lenny Rutledge (guitar), Nick Cordle (guitar), George Hernandez (bass), and Dave Budbill (drums). To date, they have released three studio albums and one live EP.

Sanctuary (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

"Sanctuary" is the 30th episode of the science fiction television seriesStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, the tenth episode of the second season.

Displaced humanoids from the Gamma Quadrant claim Bajor as their home.

Sanctuary (Faulkner novel)

Sanctuary is a novel by the American author William Faulkner about the rape and abduction of a well-bred Mississippi college girl, Temple Drake, during the Prohibition era. It is considered one of his more controversial works, given its theme of rape. First published in 1931, it was Faulkner's commercial and critical breakthrough, establishing his literary reputation. It is said Faulkner claimed it was a " potboiler", written purely for profit, but this has been debated by scholars and Faulkner's own friends.

The novel provided the basis for several film adaptations, including The Story of Temple Drake (1933), Sanctuary (1961), and Cargo 200 (2007).

Faulkner later wrote Requiem for a Nun (1951) as a sequel to Sanctuary.

Sanctuary (The J. Geils Band album)

Sanctuary is the tenth album by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music).

A 1998 re-release on the Razor & Tie label added two bonus tracks, taken from the 1982 live album Showtime!.

This is the first J. Geils Band album labeled by EMI Records.

Sanctuary (Angel)

"Sanctuary" is episode 19 of season 1 in the television show Angel. Co-written by Tim Minear and series creator Joss Whedon and directed by Michael Lange, it was originally broadcast on May 2, 2000 on the WB network.

In "Sanctuary", guest star Sarah Michelle Gellar returns as Buffy, who has come to Los Angeles seeking vengeance against Slayer Faith. Buffy is shocked to discover Angel is attempting to redeem Faith's violent nature, and Wesley is faced with a crisis of loyalties when the Watcher's Council assassins offer him reinstatement if he gives Faith over to them. Also, evil Wolfram & Hart lawyer Lindsey approaches Kate to help them take revenge on Faith and Angel. Nonetheless, Angel continues to help Faith even as Buffy, the Watcher's Council, and the LAPD try to take her down.

Sanctuary (Iron Maiden song)

"Sanctuary" is the second single released by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The single was released on 23 May 1980. Although originally issued as a non-album single, the song was added to the later US release of their debut studio record, Iron Maiden (1980). When the album was re-released in 1998, the song was added in all territories. In 1990, the 12" version was reissued on CD and 12" vinyl in The First Ten Years box set, in which it was combined with their first single, " Running Free".

Sanctuary (disambiguation)

A sanctuary is a social institution.

Sanctuary or The Sanctuary or Sanctuaries may also refer to:

Sanctuary (Angel novel)

Sanctuary is an original novel based on the U.S. television series Angel.

Sanctuary (manga)

is manga written by Sho Fumimura, and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. It was serialized in Big Comic Superior from 1990 to 1995, then released into 12 volumes by Shogakukan. It was published as 46 comic books and collected as nine volumes in America by Viz Graphics from 1995 to 1997. Sanctuary was a bestseller in Japan, and inspired a live action film.

Sanctuary (play)

Sanctuary is a 1994 play by Australian playwright David Williamson.

Sanctuary (Doctor Who novel)

Sanctuary is an original novel written by David A. McIntee and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor and Bernice. A prelude to the novel, also penned by McIntee, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #225. The novel was unusual for being a purely historical story in which no science fiction elements appeared beyond the basic premise of the series. Such stories had not appeared in Doctor Who since 1982's Black Orchid, and not regularly since The Highlanders in 1967–68.

Sanctuary (2006 film)

Sanctuary or Sanctuary: Lisa Gerrard is a 2006 documentary film about life and work of Australian musician and singer, Lisa Gerrard. It is directed by Clive Collier. The film was released for sale online in September, 2006.

It includes extensive interviews of Lisa Gerrard and also people she has collaborated with in her career, including Michael Mann, Hans Zimmer, Russell Crowe, Graeme Revell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Brendan Perry, Niki Caro, Pietro Scalia among others.

Sanctuary (Simon Webbe album)

Sanctuary is the debut solo studio album released by Blue band-member and singer, Simon Webbe. The album was released on November 14, 2005, peaking at number seven on the UK Albums Chart, selling more than 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. The album was later certified double platinum by the BPI. Three singles were released from the album: " Lay Your Hands", which peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, " No Worries", which also peaked at number four, and " After All This Time", which peaked at number 16.

Sanctuary (Charlie Musselwhite album)

Sanctuary is the twenty third studio album by American singer and harpist Charlie Musselwhite. It was released in 2004 on Peter Gabriel's Real World label, Musselwhite's debut release on this label.

The album features two other American artists who have released on Real World: all male vocal gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama, and folk blues guitarist Ben Harper.

Sanctuary (TV series)

Sanctuary is a Canadian science fiction- fantasy television series, created by Damian Kindler and funded largely by the Beedie Development Group. The show is an expansion of an eight- webisode series that was released through the Internet in early 2007. Seeing the success of the web series, Syfy decided to buy the broadcast rights to the series and pay to re-stage the series in a season of thirteen episodes.

The show centers on Dr. Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old teratologist (born August 27, 1850), and her team of experts who run the Sanctuary, an organization that seeks out extraordinarily powerful creatures and people, known as Abnormals, and tries to help and to learn from them while also having to contain the more dangerous ones.

The series premiered on October 3, 2008, in both Canada and the United States and on October 6 in the United Kingdom. The premiere drew in more than 3 million viewers, making it the highest rated original series premiere for Syfy since Eureka debuted in July 2006. The premiere two-parter, " Sanctuary for All", was a combination and rewriting of the first four webisodes and was followed by " Fata Morgana", based on Webisodes 5-8. Amanda Tapping, with all of the original cast from the web series, made the transition to the television series. A second season of 13 episodes aired in 2009–10, and Sanctuary was renewed for a third season of 20 episodes on December 12, 2009. The second season premiered on Friday, October 9, 2009, in the 10 pm timeslot. In Australia, the program debuted on Pay Television's Sci Fi and on free-to-air channel ABC2, where Season 1 started on March 1, 2010, each Monday at 9:30 pm. Season 2 commenced on July 12, 2010, in the same timeslot. Season 3 premiered Friday, October 15, 2010, on Syfy in its original 10 pm timeslot. In January 2011, Sanctuary was renewed for a fourth season, which finished airing on December 30, 2011. On May 21, 2012, Syfy announced that Sanctuary will not be returning for a fifth season and that the show has been cancelled. On October 8, 2012, PPI Releasing announced that it would distribute the series in U.S. syndication, starting fall (autumn September/October) 2013.

Sanctuary (short film)

Sanctuary, is a re-mixable science fiction film which, in 2005, became the first production to sign professional union actors to Creative Commons licensing terms. It is set in Head Bin, a fiction universe created by MOD Films for their remixable movie experiment.

The film was completed in 2009. Most production assets, including principal photography shot on 35mm film and digitised, have been cleared for free-for-non-commercial use. The project is a superhero origin story, as well as a pilot for a massively multi-player feature film and an open interactive story format, the RIG, being developed by MOD Films in London.

Sanctuary (Saint Seiya)

is a fictional location from the manga series Saint Seiya, authored by Masami Kurumada, later adapted to anime. It is also the residence of an organization with the same name.

Sanctuary (Dave Douglas album)

Sanctuary is the seventh album by trumpeter Dave Douglas and his second live album. It was released on the Japanese Avant label in 1997 and features performances by Douglas, Cuong Vu, Yuka Honda, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Hilliard Greene, Chris Speed and Dougie Bowne.

Sanctuary (New Musik album)

Sanctuary is the only compilation from new wave/ synthpop band New Musik, released on Epic Records on May 1, 1981, although only in the United States. It compiles tracks from the first two albums, From A to B and Anywhere.

Sanctuary (Irish charity album)

Sanctuary is an album supporting charity which was recorded in July 2007 at Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick, Ireland. The album features artists Moya Brennan, Mary Coughlan, Nóirín Ní Riain, Cara O'Sullivan, Jimmy O'Brien-Moran, the Monks of Glenstal and many others. The genres of music include Traditional Irish, folk, Gregorian chant, contemporary popular and classical.

All profits from the album will go to charities supporting victims of domestic violence in Ireland. The artists have all given of their work and time at no cost and have raised the money to pay for the production of this album so that the charities will benefit from the sale of the very first CD. Three charities will benefit: Adapt House, AMEN and the ISPCC.

Sanctuary (Gabriella Cilmi song)

"Sanctuary" is a song by Australian recording artist Gabriella Cilmi from her debut album, Lessons to Be Learned (2008). The song was first released digitally in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2007 as the album's lead single, and subsequently released in Germany and the Netherlands in December 2008 as its fifth single, reaching number sixty-seven on the German Singles Chart and number seventy-two on the physical sales-based Dutch Single Top 100 chart.

"Sanctuary" utilises the introductory riff of Maxine Brown's 1964 version of " Oh No Not My Baby". Regarding the song's meaning, Cilmi explained, "I met someone who I felt really comfortable with and all those feelings that come with feeling comfortable with someone. The song is kind of about that, although I'm not even friends with that person any more."

Sanctuary (season 1)

The first season of the Canadian science fiction– fantasy television series Sanctuary premiered on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States on October 3, 2008, and concluded on ITV4 in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2009, after 13 episodes. It follows the actions of a secret organization known as the Sanctuary, who track down a series of creatures known as abnormals, and then bring them to the Sanctuary for refuge. The main story arc of the season involves the Sanctuary working against the Cabal, an organization who seek to control all abnormals for their own gain. Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, and Christopher Heyerdahl are billed in the opening credits as the main cast.

Initially an eight-part web series, Sanctuary was successful enough for Sci Fi to commission a television series. Series creator and head writer Damian Kindler hired Sam Egan, and the two wrote all the episodes and composed the season-long storyline. Many episodes had been written throughout the 2007 Christmas season before the season was green-lit. Principal photography started in May 2008. It was the first instance in North American television where RED cameras were used. Most of the season was filmed using green screen in a warehouse in Burnaby, British Columbia, though there are instances throughout that were filmed on location, including the Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam and the North Shore Mountains outside Vancouver. Anthem Visual Effects produced the season's visual effects. The virtual sets meant that they produced around 400 visual effects per episode. Other forms of special effects, including prosthetics, were used to present the abnormals. The first season was budgeted at an estimated $21 million.

Sanctuary's first season aired in over 50 countries worldwide. The season premiere drew the largest audience with 2.7 million viewers, the highest rated Sci Fi premiere since Eureka in July 2006. Including time-shifted viewing, the season was seen by an average of 2.35 million viewers per episode; the ratings success allowed Sci Fi to renew Sanctuary for a second season. Critical reactions of the season were mixed. Some reviewers noted that, although the first six episodes were "hit and miss", they liked the later episodes. In total, it won five awards: one Gemini and four Leos. The first season was released on a four-disc set on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 9, 2009, in Region 4, September 15 in Region 1, and October 15 in Region 2.

Sanctuary (season 3)

The third season of the Canadian science fiction– fantasy television series Sanctuary, premiered on Syfy in the United States on October 15, 2010 and consists of 20 episodes. Created by Damian Kindler, the series was adapted from a series of webisodes released in 2007. The increased number of episodes in this season allows the producers to include numerous story arcs. The second half of the third season premiered on April 15, 2011 until it was moved to Monday nights on April 25, 2011.

Sanctuary (1961 film)
For the 1933 film version of the Faulkner novel, see The Story of Temple Drake.

Sanctuary ( 1961) is a drama film directed by Tony Richardson. The film, based on the William Faulkner novels Sanctuary and Requiem for a Nun, is about the black maid of a white woman who kills the latter's newborn in order to give her employer a way out of a predicament, and then faces the death penalty.

Sanctuary (season 4)

The fourth season of the Canadian science fictionfantasy television series Sanctuary was commissioned by Syfy on January 2010.

Sanctuary (Falling Skies)

"Sanctuary" is a two-part episode, consisting of the sixth and seventh episodes of the first season of the TNT science fiction drama Falling Skies. The first part aired on July 17, 2011, and the second part aired on July 24, 2011. Part 1 was written by Joel Anderson Thompson and part 2 was written by Melinda Hsu Taylor, both episodes were directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

Sanctuary (season 2)

The second season of the Canadian science fiction– fantasy television series Sanctuary premiered on Space in Canada and on Syfy in the United States on October 9, 2009, and concluded on the same channel on January 15, 2010 after 13 episodes. It continues to follow the actions of a secret organization known as the Sanctuary Network, who track down a series of creatures known as abnormals and then bring them to the Sanctuary base for refuge. Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, Ryan Robbins, Agam Darshi and Christopher Heyerdahl are billed in the opening credits as the main cast.

The season starts six weeks after the conclusion of the first season, where the protagonists work to defeat the antagonistic Cabal from destroying the Sanctuary Network, but in the process Ashley Magnus (Ullerup), daughter of Sanctuary leader Helen Magnus (Tapping), dies. Later episodes involve a story arc on Big Bertha, the most dangerous abnormal on Earth.

The second season included a writing team, where as in the first there were only two writers; series creator Damian Kindler, and Sam Egan; however Egan left the series after the end of the first season. The producers wanted to expand on the Sanctuary Network by including episodes where the team visit some of their international sites as opposed to only mentioning them. The season was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia from late March to July 2009, with some scenes of the finale filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan. Anthem Visual Effects continues to produce the series' visual effects. Anthem found an exponential growth in their work, with some episodes including as many as 500 visual effects shots.

The first ten episodes were seen by an average of 1.55 million viewers in the United States, increasing to 2.2 million when time-shifted viewings were taken into account. It received generally positive reviews from critics; however, some reviewers criticized the abrupt end to the Cabal arc within the first few episodes. The introduction of the new character Kate Freelander (Darshi) was also met with mixed reactions, while there was an outpouring of fans against Ashley's demise. Season two won seven Leo Awards after its release. The season was released on a four-disc set on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 9, 2010 in Region 4, June 15 in Region 1, and October 4 in Region 2.

Sanctuary (tour)

Sanctuary Tour is a concert tour, predominantly acoustic, by Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation in support of their fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, released by Roadrunner Records on 25 March 2011. This is their eight tour and the third passing over theaters.

Sanctuary (Gareth Emery song)

Sanctuary is a 2010 song by Gareth Emery featuring Lucy Saunders. It was voted the 2nd biggest track of 2010 by listeners of Armin van Buuren's A State Of Trance radio show, and then became the most played record of 2011 on US Sirius XM Radio dance station BPM.

Sanctuary (2002 film)

Sanctuary is a 2002 thriller film written and directed by Katt Shea from a book by Nora Roberts. It stars Melissa Gilbert and Costas Mandylor.

Sanctuary (1933 film)

Sanctuary'' (Spanish:Sagrario'') is a 1933 Mexican drama film directed by Ramón Peón and starring Ramón Pereda, Adriana Lamar and Julio Villarreal.

Sanctuary (2015 film)

Sanctuary is a 2015 German drama film directed by Marc Brummund. It was one of eight films shortlisted by Germany to be their submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, but it lost out to Labyrinth of Lies.

Usage examples of "sanctuary".

 The small room under the eaves held a cloistered ambience, offering warm sanctuary from the storm outside, hermitage, as well, from the fashionable beau monde and all the obstacles and impediments that world could impose.

He destroyed the Egyptian gods, and, to complete all, he decided to plunder Jupiter Amnion, a famous sanctuary situated near the Oasis of Siwah.

Emaa had tried to force her into living in Niniltna, the womb to which she had fled from the stifling, swarming confines of college, the place waiting for her on long weekends and vacations between time on the job in Anchorage, the one place in the world able to heal the wounds inflicted by five and a half years of casework featuring raped and beaten women and abused children, her home, her center, her sanctuary, her refuge.

For some reason he was reminded of pictures of church sanctuaries the anchorite had shown him.

Surrounding Atene, they led her from the Sanctuary, accompanied by her uncle the Shaman, who, as it seemed to me, either through fatigue or fear, could scarcely stand upon his feet, but stood blinking his dim eyes as though the light dazed him.

I was minded to wait and receive thee in the Sanctuary, yet when I learned that at length both of you had escaped Atene and drew near, I could restrain myself no more, but came forth thus hideously disguised.

Then he handed an aureus to the priestess, and pulled the end of his toga up to cover his head as we entered the sanctuary, lit by arched windows high in the tower.

Occasionally, as the afternoon waned beyond the portals of the aviary and she would be required to return to the Sanctuary, he would begin thinking of the hopelessness of the situation and a chill would work its way into the base of his spine and crawl upwards along his back like a spider.

Even as they watched, the things began moving away from the Sanctuary, down the lane toward the aviary where he had been doing his research.

The clan knows the Elhim sanctuary is in the Carag Huim, but not exactly where.

CHAPTER XXIV--Locarno We were attracted to Locarno by the approaching fetes in honour of the fourth centenary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Fra Bartolomeo da Ivrea, who founded the sanctuary in consequence.

Hatless and cloakless, Sir John had fled to his Whig friends in Nottinghamshire to claim reward and sanctuary.

When I wish to cogitate, want drives me out of the sanctuary where my mind has its being.

It is, however, not difficult, combining the different rays of light that emanate from the different Sanctuaries, to learn the genius and the object of these secret ceremonies.

I was not long uncertain, for the instinctive movements she made when she felt the minister that would fain accomplish the sacrifice at the door of the sanctuary, convinced me that her dream still lasted, and that I could not make her happier than by changing it into reality.