"'Master Meriadoc,' said Aragorn, 'if you think that i have passed through the mountains and the realm of Gondor with fire and sword to bring herbs to a careless soldier who throws away his gear, you are mistaken. If your pack has not been away his gear, you are mistaken. If your pack has not been found, then you must send for the herb-master of this House. And he will tell you that he did not know that the huerb you desire had any virtues, but taht it is called westmansweek by the vulgar, and galenas by the noble, and other names in other tongues more learned, and after adding a few half-forgotten rhymes that he does not understand, he will regretfully inform you that there is none in the House, and he will leave you to reflect on the history of tongues. And so now must it."
~The Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien
I love the way that Aragorn is sarcastic with Merry, and still manages to show that he cares for him.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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