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“It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“I am no longer afraid of getting old. Indeed I can't believe I ever said anything so stupid. So childish. So offensive and arrogant.
But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“But a part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France-a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will be unflyable, stuck in the climb.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“But I have told the truth. Isn't that ironic? They sent me because I am so good at telling lies. But I have told the truth.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“FLY THE PLANE, MADDIE.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Please come back soon. The window is always open.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, 'You stupid ass, just wait a minute,' and she’ll open her eyes! 'Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time!' But they always do.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“And this, even more wonderful and mysterious, is also true: when I read it, when I read what Julie's written, she is instantly alive again, whole and undamaged. With her words in my mind while I'm reading, she is as real as I am. Gloriously daft, drop-dead charming, full of bookish nonsense and foul language, brave and generous. She's right here. Afraid and exhausted, alone, but fighting. Flying in silver moonlight in a plane that can't be landed, stuck in the climb—alive, alive, ALIVE.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“A whore, we've established that, filthy, it goes without saying, but whatever else the hell I am, I AM NOT ENGLISH.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Hope is the most treacherous thing in the world. It lifts you and lets you plummet. But as long as you're being lifted you don't worry about plummeting.”
Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire
“There’s glory and honour in being chosen. But not much room for free will”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“We are a sensational team”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“It was a rather extraordinary conversation if you think about it -- both of us speaking in code. But not military code, not Intelligence or Resistance code -- just feminine code.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“How did you ever get here, Maddie Brodatt?"
"'Second to the right, and then straight on till morning,'" she answered promptly-it did feel like Neverland.
"Crikey, am I so obviously Peter Pan?"
Maddie laughed. "The Lost Boys give it away."
Jamie studied his hands. "Mother keeps the windows open in all our bedrooms while we're gone, like Mrs. Darling, just in case we come flying home when she's not expecting us.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“People are complicated. There is so much more to everybody than you realize. You see someone in school everyday, or at work, in the canteen, and you share a cigarette of a coffee with them, and you talk about the weather or last night's air raid. But you don't talk so much about what was the nastiest thing you ever said to your mother, or how you pretended to be David Balfour, the hero of Kidnapped, for the whole of the year when you were 13, or what you imagine yourself doing with the pilot who looks like Leslie Howard if you were alone in his bunk after a dance.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Von Loewe really should know me well enough by now to realize that I am not going to face my execution without a fight. Or with anything remotely resembling dignity.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Careless talk costs lives.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“He just put his hand through the bulkhead, exactly as she'd done, and squeezed my shoulder. He has very strong fingers.
And he kept his hand there the whole way home, even when he was reading the map and giving me headings.
So I am not flying alone now after all.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“And I envied her that she had chosen her work herself and was doing what she wanted to do. I don't suppose I had any idea what I 'wanted' and so I was chosen, not choosing. There's glory and honor in being chosen. But not much room for free will.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“A part of me will always be unflyable, stuck in the climb.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“I don't believe for a minute-that we wouldn't have become friends somehow-that an unexploded bomb wouldn't have gone off and blown us both into the same crater, or that God himself wouldn't have come along and knocked our heads together in a flash of green sunlight. But it wouldn't have been likely.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Oh Julie, wouldn’t I know if you were dead? Wouldn’t I feel it happening, like a jolt of electricity to my heart?”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it?”
Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire
“One moment flying in green sunlight, then the sky suddenly grey and dark.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“Incredible what slender threads you begin to hang your hopes on.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
“But people need lift, too. People don't get moving, they don't soar, they don't achieve great heights, without someone buoying them up.”
Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire

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