Language, when it finally comes, has the vigor of a felon pardoned after twenty-one years on hold. Sudden, raw, stripped to its underwear.
We will be judged by how well we love.
A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double.
You are about to find out what it takes, how the world is, how it works and how it changes when you are a parent. Good luck and God help the child.
Everything depends on knowing how much...Good is knowing when to stop.
Much handled things are always soft(27).
You want a real thing? asked Alice. I'll tell you a real one. You got anything left to you to love, anything at all, do it.
I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
She was fierce in the presence of death, heroic even, as she was at no other time. Its threat gave her direction, clarity, audacity.
Nowadays silence is looked on as odd and most of my race has forgotten the beauty of meaning much by saying little. Now tongues work all day by themselves with no help from the mind.
We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I'm not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for all that.
And even later, when for the first time in her life she had lain in bed with a man and said his name involuntarily or said it truly meaning him, the name she was screaming and saying was not his at all.