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“Somewhere a bird sang, its chant hanging plaintive and melancholy in the still air...I think it's a sort of lark or something. Our tradition has it that they sing with the voices of lost lovers. If the stars are smiling on them, you will hear its mate call back in a moment.”
Jane Johnson, The Tenth Gift
“There are days when I think there really is some huge great tapestry of a plan out there and we're all woven into it - this fabulous, complex pattern of life and death, full of recurring motifs and waves of color, and we're each one tiny thread in the weave.”
Jane Johnson, The Tenth Gift
“Cat wrinkled her nose. "No, thank you."
"Take," the rais told her. "Is good." He picked one up and held it out, and when she hesitated, thrust it at her with greater insistence. "With my people, hosbitality important. To refuse is insult."
She took a small bite. Sweetness flooded her mouth so that she gasped. It was not in the least what she had expected, for it tasted remarkably like the preserved medlars the cook bottled each autumn from Kenegie's orchard. "Oh..." She took the rest whole, saliva breaking from the corner of her mouth.
Al-Andalusi looked on, eyebrow cocked sardonically. "Is fig," he said. "In some tradition it was the friut Eve gave to Adam from the Tree of Knowledge."
"In the Bible that was an apple!"
"In our tradition, according to the Qu'ran, it was apple also. And when Adam swallowed mouthful od fruit, it stuk in throat and made lump all men have."
"The Adam's apple!" Cat cried, astonished. "We call it that as well."
"We are, perhaps, not such strangers to each other as you think.”
Jane Johnson, The Tenth Gift
“Hoćemo li mi, kada jednom umremo, postati zvijezde - te malene nakupine svjetlosnog praha na nemilosrdnom polju crnila? Ili samo odlazimo pod zemlju i tamo trunemo?”
Jane Johnson, The Salt Road
“They had joked together as young men that they planned to die before their wives; it was the best way, since neither man could imagine life without them.”
Jane Johnson, Pillars of Light
“Under his shock of grey hair their father's face looked as if it had been carved out of wood by a man who had not yet mastered the tools for delicate work.”
Jane Johnson
“There is a savagery in all of us,”
Jane Johnson, Pillars of Light
“And that the hand of fate has sleight and craft to match that of any magician.”
Jane Johnson, The Salt Road
“But the best things in life never come easy—”
Jane Johnson, Pillars of Light
“Embroidery is an improbable hobby for someone as disordered as me, but it's the very precision of it that attracts me, the illusion of control it offers. When engaged in stitching a new pattern, I can't think about anything else. Guilt, misery, longing all flee away, leaving just the beautiful little microcosm of the world in my hands, the flash of the needle, the rainbow colors of the thread, the calming exactitude of the discipline.”
Jane Johnson, The Tenth Gift
“I have learnt to spin words like dervishes, to bewitch and blur reality.”
Jane Johnson, The Salt Road
“All these thoughts moved through her head like moths around a fire, sometimes vanishing into the darkness, sometimes catching light and zigzagging crazily about.”
Jane Johnson, The Salt Road


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