“Listen.” The voice is extremely loud, and I am forced to hold the telephone away from my ear.
“I don’t know who you are, or why you have Jack’s phone, but he is my boyfriend, and—”
Boyfriend? What is a boyfriend? Perhaps it is something like a beau.
“Is he engaged to you, then?” I hope not.
“What? No. Of course not.”
“Oh, what a relief. He is my true love, and you do not sound very nice.”
“What? Listen, you . . .”
And then, strangely enough, she calls me a female dog.”
“True love would look a second time. True love would not be thwarted. True love would not accept no for an answer. He would search the world and certainly look again and again in every cottage until he finds you.”
“Your telephone! Your friend Travis is in it!”
“What are you, in love with her?" Travis says. "You're staring like an idiot."
The weird thing is, I think I am.”
“Talia: I was brought up to respect older people and peasants...not that you're...
Jack: (clears throat) Quit while you’re ahead
Meryl: Ahead? She just called mom and old peasant.”
“Who or what is an Ipod?”
“I am a princess. I do not follow fashions--I make them.”
“Parents always forgive you. Like sometimes, you see parents on the news, and their kid just got busted for murdering a 7-11 clerk, and they're like, 'But my Bubba's a good boy. He'd never hurt a fly.' So I'm sure your parents would forgive you for whatever you did.”
“Is it enough to be a princess, when being a princess means nothing?”
“Be careful, okay, when you go there. Talia was really scared of this Malvolia chick. She could be dangerous.”
“What’s she going to have—an assault weapon?”
“Worse,” I say. “She’s got magical powers.”
“A boy admiring a pretty girl. A rare thing to be certain. But love—true love—is something else.”
“This is where he should say that he is in love with me, that I have changed his life and that he loves me for it. But he doesn't. Is it because he is shy? Or because he is too young to say such a thing? Or is it merely because he does not love me? The worst of it is, I am falling in love with him.”
“What they don´t tell you about Europe is how completely lame it is.”
“Yeah, but where I come from, we have lights at night." "We do, too. They are called stars. They are quite romantic.”
“True love would look a second time. True love would not be thwarted. True love would not accept no for an answer. He would search the world and certainly look again and again in every cottage in Euphrasia until he finds you.”
“I learned that it is possible to make conversation with anyone, if you figure out what they wish to discuss.”
“To be worthy of a princess, you must face your dragon... Your greatest fear.”
“I am a prisoner of love.”
“I am living my death, little by little, each day.”
“you desire to escape. I wish to run away. I thought we might help each other.”
“I wish to go with you, not as man and wife, but merely as friends, travel companions, the sort of happy-go-lucky chums about whom rollicking old ballads of the road are written.”
“But sometimes it is just impossible to obey blindly. Sometimes a child must strike out on her own. A child cannot be a child forever”
“Even in my time, we knew that men were not in
charge. Oh, they might bluster as if they were. But when it came down to it, we women bore much of the influence. Often, my father would make some grand pronouncement in the evening. And the next morning, he had changed his mind. After a while, I realized that it was my mother who had changed it, quietly, in the night.”
“Then Jack takes me in his arms, and although I am still distraught, I cannot help but notice how well I fit in them, my head perfectly right for the crook of his neck.”
“Sometimes, when one communicates with others, one produces results.”
“Then what is there for you? What is there for you if he does not love you?" Nothing.”
“but now it all floods back—the euphoria of loving her, the agony that she's leaving, that i'll lose her”
“I'm a better person when I'm with you. I don't want to stop being that person. I don't want you to go”
“I am a coward. I am a cowardly coward, full of cowardice.”
“Books are worse than wine, I say. You read one and you need another - there's no end to it. What ails you that you cannot content yourself with just living on under the sun?”
“Life depends on what is in your heart.”
“Stay here and powder something while I gather up the Kin and scour the city!”
“I’ll never understand why some people can’t just let others live their lives, you know,” Danial said. “You don’t have to understand. You don’t have to agree. Just leave people alone. When I look at the moon and planets and stars, all that narrow-mindedness and hate seem so petty. The universe is such a big place. One hundred thousand light years just from one end of the Milky Way to the other. One hundred. Thousand. Light years. In the time it’s taken for light to travel from one end of our galaxy to the other, thousands of generations have passed. It really makes you realize how small we are, doesn’t it? How short our time on earth is.”
“Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back.”
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