“He had lived long enough to grasp the danger of hope”(15 Rosoff).
“I soon had to admit that what I did by myself couldn’t excite me, only what Lila touched became important. If she withdrew, if her voice withdrew from thing, the things got dirty, dusty (100).”
“All those words, and the pleasure they had provided for people over the years: escape, entertainment, education…he had changed minds (12).”
Most of us are librarians, or are married to librarians, or are good friends with librarians…this speaks volumes, no?
“I also know that memoir writing is rarely easy and that we shouldn’t expect it to be. This is life we are talking about. The wonder and confusion of it…”
“But the weather had changed and darkened and home was nowhere to be seen. She turned her face out to the incoming sea and splashed on” (147).
“He was not willfully old-fashioned…he sometimes wondered if there might not be hidden costs for a humanity…”