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Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel by Truman Capote
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“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“That's the question: is truth an illusion, or is illusion truth, or are they essentially the same? Myself, I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Most secrets should never be told, but especially those that are more menacing to the listener than to the teller.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“And yes, to answer you seriously, I am beginning to be... well, not bored, but tempted; afraid, but tempted. When you've been in pain for a long time, when you wake up every morning with a rising sense of hysteria, then boredom is what you want, marathon sleeps, a silence in yourself.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“There is always something wrong with redheads. The hair is kinky, or it's the wrong color, too dark and tough, or too pale and sickly. And the skin - it rejects the elements: wind, sun, everything discolors it. A really beautiful redhead is rarer than a flawless forty-carat pigeon-blood ruby - or a flawed one, for that matter. But none of this was true of Kate. Her hair was like a winter sunset, lighted with the last of the pale afterglow. And the only redhead I've ever seen with a complexion to compare with hers was Pamela Churchill's. But then, Pam is English, she grew up saturated with dewy English mists, something every dermatologist ought to bottle.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Freedom may be the most important thing in life, but there's such a thing as too much freedom.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Then, there on the screen I saw Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. An American Tragedy, a film I'd seen at least twice, not that it was all that great, but still it was very good, especially the final scene, which was unreeling at this particular moment: Clift and Taylor standing together, separated by the bars of a prison cell, a death cell, for Clift is only hours away from execution. Clift, already a poetic ghost inside his grey death-clothes, and Taylor, nineteen and ravishing, sublimely fresh as lilac after rain.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“And yet, in a touching, shrunken way, she was rather pretty - a prettiness marred by her seeing to be precariously balanced on the edge of pain.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“If I could do anything, I would go to the middle of our planet Earth and seek uranium, rubies and gold. I'd look for unspoiled monsters. Then I'd move to the country. --Florie Rotondo, age 8”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Even for those who dislike champagne, myself among them, there are two champagnes one can't refuse: Dom Perignon and the even superior Cristal, which is bottled in a natural-colored glass that displays its pale blaze, a chilled fire of such prickly dryness that, swallowed, seems not to have been swallowed at all, but instead to have turned to vapors on the tongue and burned there to one damp sweet ash.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“I well understand why analysts demand high payment, for what can be more tedious than listening to another person recount his dreams?”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Is it - I'm not certain - possible to love someone if your first interest is the use you can make of him? Doesn't the gainful motive, and the guilt accruing to it, halt the progression of other emotions? It can be argued that even the most decently coupled people were initially magnetized by the mutual-exploitation principle - sex, shelter, appeased ego; but still that is trivial, human: the difference between that and truly using another person is the difference between edible mushrooms and the kind that kill: Unspoiled Monsters.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“It was an atmosphere of luxurious exhaustion, like a ripened, shedding rose, while all that waited outside wad the failing New York afternoon.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Τα περισσότερα μυστικά δε θα’ πρεπε να λέγονται ποτέ, κυρίως όμως εκείνα που είναι πιο απειλητικά γι΄αυτόν που τα’ ακούει παρά για κείνον που τα λέει.”
Truman Capote, Όταν οι προσευχές εισακούονται
“In fact, I was a kind of Hershey Bar whore - there wasn't much I wouldn't do for a nickel's worth of chocolate.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“I massaged and trained in figure and facial exercises - although facial exercises are a lot of crap; the only effective one is cocksucking. No joke, there's nothing like it for firming the jawline.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Hulga the whole while hollering like a half-slaughtered hog. (Attention, students of literature! Alliteration - have you noticed? - is my least vice.)”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Both Dietrich and Garbo occasionally came to Boaty's, the latter always escorted by Cecil Beaton, whom I'd met when he photographed me for Boaty's magazine (an overheard exchange between these two: Beaton, "The most distressing fact of growing older is that I find my private parts are shrinking." Garbo, after a mournful pause, "Ah, if only I could say the same.")”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Miss Langman was often, in interviews, described as a witty conversationalist; how can a woman be witty when she hasn't a sense of humor? - and she has none, which was her central flaw as a person and as an artist.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“I am one of those persons who, when sexually immersed, require serious silence, the hush of impeccable concentration. Perhaps it is due to my pubescent training as a Hershey Bar whore, and because I have consistently willed myself to accommodate unscintillating partners - whatever the reason, for me to reach an edge and fall over, all the mechanics must be assisted by the deepest fantasizing, an intoxicating mental cinema that does not welcome lovemaking chatter.

The truth is, I am rarely with the person I am with, so to say; and dependence upon an inner scenery, imagined and remembered erotic fragments, shadows irrelevant to the body above or beneath us - those images our minds accept inside sexual seizure but exclude once the beast has been routed, for, regardless of how tolerant we are, these cameos are intolerable to the meanspirited watchmen within us.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“As truth is nonexistent, it can never be anything but illusion - but illusion, the by-product of revealing artifice, can reach the summits nearer the unobtainable peak of Perfect Truth. For example, female impersonators. The impersonator is in fact a man (truth), until he re-creates himself as a woman (illusion) and of the two, the illusion is the truer.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel
“Pornography, in my opinion, has been much misunderstood, for it doesn't develop sex fiends and send them roaming alleyways - it is an anodyne for the sexually oppressed and unrequited, for what is the aim of pornography if not to stimulate masturbation? And surely masturbation is the pleasanter alternative for men "on the muscle," as they say in horse-breeding circles.”
Truman Capote, Answered Prayers - The Unfinished Novel

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