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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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Oct 12, 2009

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Elizabeth Strout
“What young people didn't know, she thought, lying down beside this man, his hand on her shoulder, her arm; oh, what young people did not know. They did not know that lumpy, aged, and wrinkled bodies were as needy as their own young, firm ones, that love was not to be tossed away carelessly . . . No, if love was available, one chose it, or didn't chose it. And if her platter had been full with the goodness of Henry and she had found it burdensome, had flicked it off crumbs at a time, it was because she had not know what one should know: that day after day was unconsciously squandered. . . . But here they were, and Olive pictured two slices of Swiss cheese pressed together, such holes they brought to this union--what pieces life took out of you.”
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout
“Oh that's lovely," said Bunny. "Olive, you've got a date."

"Why would you say something so foolish?" Olive asked, really annoyed. "We're two lonely people having supper."

"Exactly," said Bunny. "That's a date.”
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout
“Or maybe, he thought, returning to the boxes, it was part of being Catholic--you were made to feel guilty about everything”
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout
“It seems to Henry, as he takes his seat in his usual middle pew, that women are far braver than men”
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
tags: men, women

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