“He's male. I've noticed that sometimes the brains simply get left out of the package.”
“If you don't mind a word of advice, one never asks a lady to set her own price. If you have to ask, the answer will always be more than you can afford.”
“A lady should never feel anxious about her behavior. The status is bred in the bone. To show anxiety is to lower oneself. Anxiety is vulgar.”
“I woke up this morning,” Gabriel said, “thinking of nothing more than rolling over and pulling you into my arms and kissing you again. Kissing: only kissing. As if I were a green boy of fourteen. In case you don’t realize it, Kate, kissing is not a man’s usual inclination in the morning.”
“I would prefer not to throw myself on a funeral pyre. Please come back to me.”
“Here, drink your liqueur," Henry said, tossing back her drink. "I carry it with me everywhere because it's the only kind of drink that Leo doesn't like, so there's a chance I'll still have some tomorrow.”
“I did it,” Gabriel said, conversationally. “I met the woman, the only woman for me. I met her, and now . . . I’m going to meet my wife.”
“Give me one last time,” he begged. “Please, please. I beg you.” “I—” She stopped and started again. “I’m afraid, Gabriel. You’ll break my heart.” “Mine is already broken.”
“Gabriel looked up at her from under thick eyelashes. “Will you please grope me under the table, Kate mine?”
“He said it aloud, because there was no reason to be silent. "I am - undone. She has undone me."
And his hand closed around the glass slipper.”
“There was something aggressively masculine about Toloose . . . perhaps it was the look in his eye. Or the way he was holding his billiard cue. It was amazing the way a man in an embroidered coat could take on the air of a dockworker.”
“I would like, just once, for a woman to see me as other than a person with a coronet. Simply as a man, no different than other men.”
“Offended you again,” her godmother said with satisfaction. “Come along, then. We’ll go to my chambers. The butler put me in one of the towers, and it’s utterly heavenly, like being stuck in the clouds except for the pigeons crapping on the windows.”
“We all think we have time, you know. It’s this miracle substance and there seems to be so much of it, and then all of a sudden, it’s gone.”
“He closed his eyes for a moment, and the color of his eyelashes was like the color of regret.”
“Nothing I do is princely since I met you”
“Do you have a handkerchief?” she asked. “No,” the prince said, looking amused. “I suppose you have servants who carry around that sort of thing in case you sneeze,” she said. “You aren’t carrying one either,” he retorted. “I don’t have room; my reticule is full of cheese.” “I thought you had an interesting smell! Most ladies smell rather French.”
“Freddie is here' Gabriel said 'Lazy sod”
“[...] But do you know what I have in mind, Kate?'
She shook her head. 'Devilry, no doubt,' she muttered.
'I'm going to drive you mad,' he said conversationally. 'I'm going to kiss you and tease you and taste you... and leave. And then I'll come back and do the same thing again. And again.”
“Sick unto death, I think they call it”
“Doesn't he kill himself at that point?”
“I didn't leave you. We couldn't-you have to-”
“God, I've missed you so much”
“Just kissing, forty-one days' worth of kisses, nights' worth of kisses, morning kisses, luncheon kisses, twilight kisses.”
“It look as if Kate was saying goodbye to Henry and Leo, but that couldn't be. She couldn't be leaving... he had to see her tomorrow morning, see her one more time.”
“In the near distance he could hear the trundling sound of carriage wheels starting down the gravel drive.”
“He took one step forward, thinking to run after the carriage, to run mad, madder than he already was.”
“You know I don't know a chestnut from a conker.'
[...] 'A Chestnut is a conker”
“in contrast to modern art, which causes displeasure-modern art, by definition, hurts. In this precise sense, modern art is sublime: it causes pleasure-in-pain, it produces its effect through its own failure, insofar as it refers to the impossible Things.”
“in our culture, women can do anything a man can. and vice versa."
don alfonso's eyebrows shot up. "i do not believe it."
"it's true," sally said defiantly.
"in America, the women hunt while the men have babies?”
“Nothing is stranger, more delicate, than the relationship between people who know each other only by sight—who encounter and observe each other daily, even hourly, and yet are compelled by the constraint of convention or by their own temperament to keep up the pretense of being indifferent strangers, neither greeting nor speaking to each other. Between them is uneasiness and overstimulated curiosity, the nervous excitement of an unsatisfied, unnaturally suppressed need to know and to communicate; and above all, too, a kind of strained respect. For man loves and respects his fellow man for as long as he is not yet in a position to evaluate him, and desire is born of defective knowledge. It”
“I’ll save a spot for you on the hood of my truck.”
“I was looking forward to my visit to the library. I’ve always been a big reader and thought I might eventually volunteer as a Friend of the Library.”
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