“I had been careful to ascertain if she was marked. She had no visible mark but that didn’t rule out the possibility of a latent mark. Most carriers of the mark, I had read, do not show any indication that they have it. The mark itself is a red circle of raised flesh. It is more raspberry red than angry skin red. It doesn’t look like an insect bite, pimple or rash. It is unmistakable as a sign that someone has been affected. For many years, people believed the mark brought about misery and a much shorter life.”
“Mark”, in Word Riot, March 2014