I was a little afraid of Colonel Race. Nevertheless I was enjoying myself. This was better than discussing fossilized skulls with stuffy old professor...moreI was a little afraid of Colonel Race. Nevertheless I was enjoying myself. This was better than discussing fossilized skulls with stuffy old professors! Colonel Race was really just my ideal of a stern silent Rhodesian. Possibly I might marry him! I hadn't been asked, it is true, but, as the Boy Scouts say, Be Prepared! And all women, without in the least meaning it, consider every man they meet as a possible husband for themselves or their best friend. (71)
"Do you know, Ann, I believe the best thing we could do would be to confide in him and tell him the whole story." I objected vigorously to this unsporting proposal. I recognized in it the disastrous effects of matrimony. How often had I not head a perfectly intelligent female say, in the tone of one clinching an argument, 'Edgar says --' And all the time you are perfectly aware that Edgar is a perfect fool. Suzanne, by reason of her married state, was yearning to lean upon some man or other. (131)
"If you would be guided by me --" he said, hesitating. "I don't expect I shall be," I answered candidly. "But there's no harm in hearing." "Do you always do what you like, Miss Beddingfeld?" "Usually," I replied cautiously. To anyone else I would have said, "Always." "I pity your husband," he said unexpectedly. "You needn't," I retorted. "I shouldn't dream of marrying anyone unless I was madly in love with him. And of course there is really nothing a woman enjoys so much as doing all the things she doesn't like for the sake of someone she does like. And the more self-willed she is, the more she likes it." "I'm afraid I disagree with you. The boot is on the other leg as a rule." He spoke with a slight sneer. "Exactly," I cried eagerly. "And that why there are so many unhappy marriages. It's all the fault of the men. Either they give way to their women--and then the women despise them--or else they are utterly selfish, insist on their own way and never say 'thank you.' Successful husbands make their wives do just what they want, and then make a frightful fuss of them for doing it. Women like to be mastered, but they hate not to have their sacrifices appreciated. On the other hand, men don't really appreciate women who are nice to them all the time. When I am married, I shall be a devil most of the time, but every now and then, when my husband least expects it, I shall show him what a perfect angel I can be." (166-7)(less)
As Chelsey Philpot says in her NYT review (found here), "As I raced through the final pages, it took longer than it should have for me to realize the o...moreAs Chelsey Philpot says in her NYT review (found here), "As I raced through the final pages, it took longer than it should have for me to realize the obvious: the ending was not coming. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a series opener. I should have known better. I wanted this novel to be an epic, complete in itself. But series are hot items in teenage lit, and Taylor leaves plenty of questions unanswered for sequels. Like a woman who has waited hours for a date, I felt stood up — but like a hopeless romantic, I will be back for more."
"If you want to know why Americans are so religious and conservative (the two often go together), reflect on the fact that many came from rural povert...more"If you want to know why Americans are so religious and conservative (the two often go together), reflect on the fact that many came from rural poverty into alien cities, found themselves losing their language and identity, and the only familiar institution they could carry with them was their church. They also wanted to get rich and to believe it was possible to get rich, and this did not make socialism attractive" (31).(less)
"It was true that the point of a vehicle was to get you from one place to another without incident, but that, she thought, was not the only considerat...more"It was true that the point of a vehicle was to get you from one place to another without incident, but that, she thought, was not the only consideration. If efficiency were the only value in this life, then we would be content to eat bland but nutritious food every day--and the same food at that. That would keep us alive, but it would make for very dull mealtimes. And the same was true of transport: there was all the world of difference between travelling along a highway in an air-conditioned bus, behind tinted glass, and making the same journey by a side-road, on a cart pulled by a team of mules, with the morning air fresh against your face and the branches of the acacia trees brushing past so close that you could reach out to touch the delicate green leaves. There was all the difference" (5).(less)
"Not sure what the obsession with white and cream is. Mom says it's probably about encouraging a feeling of purity and cleanliness. If that's the case...more"Not sure what the obsession with white and cream is. Mom says it's probably about encouraging a feeling of purity and cleanliness. If that's the case I'm not sure why they are allowing Boggo and Fatty in. Mom reckons private girls' schools promote general snootiness, bitchiness, slutty behavior and Prog leaning tendencies. Should be an interesting term..." (250)(less)