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“Do not equate nationalism with patriotism... Nationalism is the first step on the road to Fascism.”
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“The future was coming nearer, one relentless goose step after the next. Juliet could still remember when Hitler had seemed like a harmless clown. No one was amused now. (“The clowns are the dangerous ones,” Perry said.)”
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“The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel,”
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“Choice, it seemed, was one of the first casualties of war.”
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“The blame generally has to fall somewhere, Miss Armstrong. Women and the Jews tend to be first in line, unfortunately.”
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“Human nature favors the tribal. Tribalism engenders violence. It was ever thus and so it will ever be.”
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“[…] but her mother's death had revealed that there was no metaphor too ostentatious for grief. It was a terrible thing and demanded embellishment.”
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“Why was it that the females of the species were always the ones left to tidy up, she wondered? I expect Jesus came out of the tomb...and said to his mother, "Can you tidy it up a bit back there?”
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“People always said they wanted the truth, but really they were perfectly content with a facsimile.”
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“...it had probably been a long enough life. Yet suddenly it all seemed like an illusion, a dream that had happened to someone else. What an odd thing existence was.”
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“Juliet felt slighted yet relieved. It was curious how you could hold two quite opposing feelings at the same time, an unsettling emotional discord. She felt an odd pang at the sight of him. She had been fond of him. She had been his girl. Reader, I didn’t marry him, she thought.”
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“Perhaps sex was something you had to learn and then stick at until you were good at it, like hockey or the piano. But an initial lesson would be helpful.”
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“Juliet and Hartley had long ago abandoned manners with each other. It was refreshing to behave without respect towards someone.”
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“Juliet sighed and wondered if one day she would think herself to death. Was that possible? And would it be painful?”
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“He was the perfect gentleman and, unlike the salesmen in the Fitzrovia hotel, there were no attempts at fumbling—in fact they often performed an awkward little dance around their small office to avoid touching at all, as if Juliet were a desk or a chair, not a girl in her prime. It seemed that she had acquired all the drawbacks of being a mistress and none of the advantages—like sex. (She was becoming bolder with the word, if not the act.) For Perry, it seemed to be the other way round—he had all the advantages of having a mistress and none of the drawbacks. Like sex.”
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“The brooding landscape they were currently traversing, the lowering sky above their heads and the rugged terrain beneath their feet, were all conspiring to make her feel like an unfortunate Brontë sister, traipsing endlessly across the moors after unobtainable fulfillment. Perry himself was not entirely without Heathcliffian qualities—the absence of levity, the ruthless disregard for a girl’s comfort, the way he had of scrutinizing you as if you were a puzzle to be solved. Would he solve her? Perhaps she wasn’t complicated enough for him. (On the other hand, perhaps she was too complicated.)”
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“but her mother’s death had revealed that there was no metaphor too ostentatious for grief. It was a terrible thing and demanded embellishment.”
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“The war had been a tide that had receded and now here it was lapping around her ankles again.”
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“Our own homegrown evil, I’m sorry to say. And instead of rooting them out, the plan is to let them flourish—but within a walled garden from which they cannot escape and spread their evil seed.” A girl could die of old age following a metaphor like this, Juliet thought. “Very nicely put, sir,” she said.”
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“Don't let your imagination run away with you, Miss Armstrong. But why would you not when the reality was so awful? And that was that. Juliet's war.”
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“Don’t seek out elaborate metaphors,” her English teacher had said of her school essays, but her mother’s death had revealed that there was no metaphor too ostentatious for grief. It was a terrible thing and demanded embellishment.”
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“(“Do not equate nationalism with patriotism,” Perry warned Juliet. “Nationalism is the first step on the road to Fascism.”)”
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“It was the war, Juliet thought, remembering the photograph of the flamingo’s creased wife, it has made refugees of us all.”
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“She didn’t feel she had the fortitude for all those Tudors, they were so relentlessly busy – all that bedding and beheading.”
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“Being flippant was harder work than being earnest”
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“As the first clod of earth hit her mother’s coffin, Juliet could barely catch a breath. Her mother would suffocate beneath all that earth, she thought, but Juliet was suffocating too. An image came to her mind—the martyrs who were pressed to death by stones piled on top of them. That is me, she thought, I am crushed by loss. “Don’t seek out elaborate metaphors,” her English teacher had said of her school essays, but her mother’s death had revealed that there was no metaphor too ostentatious for grief. It was a terrible thing and demanded embellishment.”
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“But then, what constituted real? Wasn’t everything, even this life itself, just a game of deception?”
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“not so much an agent provocateur as an agent passif, if such a thing could be said to exist. (“Sometimes,” Perry said, “saying nothing can be your strongest weapon.”)”
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“It was like dealing with Rasputin, not a middle-aged woman from Wolverhampton.”
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“Apart from the noose.”
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