I always enjoy Maisie Dobbs mysteries. They are quiet and relaxing for me, and include surprisingly lovely reflections on life. I find myself often noI always enjoy Maisie Dobbs mysteries. They are quiet and relaxing for me, and include surprisingly lovely reflections on life. I find myself often nodding my head in agreement as I waltz through the pages of Winspear's book. Call it British wisdom. Here are some of the moments when I caught myself nodding, "Ah, yes".
"The old had been destroyed and the new was yet to come . . . the limbo in between was akin to a desert, a place where one stood with nothing while waiting for the road ahead to become clear."
"He was waiting or her to come to him, as if he were standing at the far end of a larger field, and she were were meandering her way across, stopping to look at anything that drew her attention along the way, and likely at any moment to strike out in another direction."
"Hadn't he always said that the power of a question was in the question itself? . . . One must let a question linger in the mind as one might savor wine on the tongue, and he'd cautioned that a rush to answer could diminsh all chance of insight."
"She thought she had come to some agreement with herself, that she had come to know the essence of her character and how she might go forward in life, acknowledging her memories, her grief and disappointments along with the achievements,the times of joy, of love. But now it was if she had built a house of cards, and then with one puff the shelter constructed with care had come down and she had to start all over again."
"What did she want for her life to be considered well-lived? How coud she honor both her past and at the same time take on a future that offered so many more opportunities than she might ever have imagined?"
"To whom much is given, much shall be exepected"
"Better to be here . . . we're good company for each other. You can't ask more than that, can you? Than for two people to be good company."
"Some things you just can't change - about peopel or things, or the way f the world. And some things are not yours to change."