“It's easy to become anything you wish . . . so long as you're willing to forfeit your soul.”
"So what am I supposed to do now?"
"You know, Jin, I would have saved myself from five hundred years' imprisonment beneath a mountain of rock had I only realized how good it is to be a monkey."
“To find your true identity within the will of Tze Yo Tzuh...that is the highest of all freedoms.”
“I do not make mistakes, little monkey. A monkey I intended you to be. A monkey you are.”
“Class, I'd like us all to give a warm mayflower elementary welcome to your new friend and classmate Jing Jang!"
"He and his family recently moved to our neighborhood all the way from China!"
"My momma says Chinese people eat dogs."
"Now be nice, Timmy!" -km sure Jin doesn't do that! In fact, Jin's family probably stopped that sort of thing as soon as they came to the united states!"
The only other asian in my class was Suzy Nakamura.
When the class finally figured out that we weren't related, rumors began to circulate that suzy and I were arranged to be married on her thirteenth birthday.
We avoided each other as much as possible.
“Trenta, trentacinque, quaranta: gli anni erano sempre passati a farle visita come zie criticone, e sempre erano scomparsi senza lasciare traccia, senza fare rumore. E adesso ne era arrivato un altro.”
“this sounds a little simple, but I think if we didnt know illness we wouldnt really feel the exhiliration of good health. and if we never cried, we wouldnt be able to recognize joy. in a way, the good only gains value when it is contrasted with the bad”
“We lie under the sheet
after making love, speaking
relieved in a book
relived in a book
so on that page
the clot and fissure
of it appears
words of a man
a naked word
entering the clot
a hand grasping
What happens between us
has happened for centuries
we know it from literature
still it happens
dryness of mouth
there are books that describe all this
and they are useless”
“I hope it is not necessary for me to stress the platonic nature of our relationship- not platonic in the purest sense, there was no philosophical discourse, but we certainly didn't fuck, which is usually what people mean by platonic; which I bet would really piss Plato off, that for all his thinking and chatting his name has become an adjective for describing sexless trysts.”
“See?” Jenny said. “That was good. A comforting gesture, and completely unprompted on my part. You’re a
quick study. Even you will have to admit that, despite your appeal to logic, touch works. All the cold in me flows to you.”
“Cold can’t flow,” he said, pulling her closer. “Only heat.
He looked down.
“Don’t ruin this.”
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