Jacqueline Kelly · 344 pages
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“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.”
“One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to let down my hair, I would pelt them with peach pits until they went home.”
“It's amazing what you can see when you just sit quietly and look.”
“Es asombroso lo que uno puede ver cuando se sienta a mirar.”
“It was too bad, but sometimes a little knowledge could ruin your whole day, or at least take off some of the shine.”
“It is better to travel with hope in one's heart than to arrive in safety. . . . We should celebrate today's failure because it is a clear sign that our voyage of discovery is not yet over. The day the experiment succeeds is the day the experiment ends. And I inevitably find that the sadness of ending outweighs the celebration of success.”
“But my mother's life was a never-ending round of maintenance. Not one single thing did she ever achieve but that it had to be done all over again, one day or one week or one season later. Oh, the monotony.”
“It means that we should celebrate today's failure because it is a clear sign that our voyage of discovery is not yet over.”
“When two people love each other, they do not comply and does not dominate, only complement each other.”
“We had been so close to missing each other, he and I. He had turned out to be the greatest gift of all.”
“Lula," I said, "do you ever think about getting married?"
I guess I do. Doesn't everybody?"
You have to let your husband kiss you once you're married. And you have to kiss him back."
No," she said.
Yes." I nodded, as if I knew everything there was to know about husbands and wives kissing. "That's what they do together."
Do you have to?"
Oh, absolutely. It's the law."
I never heard of that law," she said dubiously.
It's true, it's Texas law," I said.”
“I don't have that many days left," he said as we sat together in the library. "Why would I want to spend them on matters of drainage and overdue accounts? I must husband my hours and spend every one of them wisely. I regret that I didn't come to this realization until I reached fifty years of age. Calpurnia, you would do well to adopt such an attitude at an earlier age. Spend each of your allotted hours with care.”
“By 1899, we had learned to tame the darkness but not the Texas heat.”
“My grandfather had given me Mr. Darwin's book to read. He had given me the possibility of a different kind of life. but none of it mattered. Instead there was The Science of Housewifery for me. I was blind; I was pathetic. The century was about to change, but my own little life would not change with it.”
“That night, when SanJuanna had cleared the main course and brought dessert in, my mother called for quiet and said,
"Boys, I have an announcement to make. Your sister made the apple pies tonight. I'm sure we will all enjoy them very much."
"Can I learn how, ma'am?" said Jim Bowie.
"No, J.B. Boys don't bake pies," Mother said.
"Why not?" he said.
"They have wives who make pies for them."
"But I don't have a wife."
"Darling, I'm sure you will have a very nice one someday when you're older, and she'll make you many pies. Calpurnia, would you care to serve?"
Was there any way I could have a wife, too? I wondered as I cut through the browned C and promptly shattered the entire crust.”
“They all knew this, but this didn't stop them from good-naturedly crowding around the front door every time it opened, every single time, despite the fact that they were never -EVER- let into the house. I loved this particularly fine thing about dogs: Despite a lifetime of denied entrance, hope never died in their hearts.”
“Algún día iba a tener todos los libros del mundo, estantes y estantes llenos. Viviría en una torre hecha de libros; me pasaría el día leyendo y comiendo melocotones. Y si algún caballero con armadura se atrevía a acercarse en su blanco corcel y a rogarme que le lanzara mi trenza, lo acribillaría con huesos de melocotón hasta que se marchara.”
“I had never classified myself with other girls. I was not of their species; I was different. I had never thought my future would be like theirs.”
“It was the first morning of the first day of the new century. Snow blanketed the ground. Anything was possible.”
“What could I say? (...) That I wanted to scream at the unfairness of it all? (...) Encouraging me the way he had, knowing that there was no new century for me, no new life for this girl.”
“I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to let down my hair, I would pelt them with peach pits until they went home.”
“And then it came to me, like the first shocking glimpse of the sun's disk rising over the horizon, what it was I did want to do. It was so obvious that I wondered why I hadn't seen it before. I only had to say it aloud. Did I have the courage to do that? To reveal it in the open air? (...) 'I think,' I said, then stopped. 'I think maybe I want to go to the university.”
“es más importante viajar con esperanza en el corazón que llegar sano y salvo.”
“I put on my thickest red flannel nightie and dove into bed. Mercifully, SanJuanna had taken the chill off the sheets with a warming pan. I intended to lie there for a while and take stock of my life. That's what you do at the end of the century, don't you? I think I actually fell asleep right away and only dreamed I was taking stock.”
“Artinya, kita harus merayakan kegagalan kita hari ini, karena ini adalah pertanda nyata bahwa petualangan kita di dunia penemuan belum berakhir. Dan, mau tidak mau, aku harus mengakui bahwa kesedihan dalam mengakhiri sebuah eksperimen lebih besar daripada perayaan keberhasilannya.”
“Nosotros considerábamos las luciérnagas un regalo y las hormigas una plaga, pero por primera vez se me ocurrió plantearme el porqué de esa distinción. Todas ellas eran criaturas que intentaban sobrevivir a la sequía, igual que nosotros. Pensé que Viola debía rendirse y dejarlas tranquilas, aunque lo reconsideré al descubrir que la pimienta negra en la ensalada de huevo no era precisamente pimienta.”
“Na licu mu je bio zadovoljan, odsutan izraz. Svijetu je izgledao kao da je zagledan u prazno, ali ja sam znala da gleda u budućnost.”
“Packing and balancing them was an art and, every year, scores of men across the South were crushed and killed by unstable loads.”
“Ao fim e ao cabo, o que era um livro para mim? Na verdade, o que é que isso interessava? Um dia teria todos os livros do mundo, prateleiras e prateleiras cheias deles. Viveria numa torre de livros. Leria durante todo o dia e comeria pêssegos.”
“E depois percebi. Afinal, não se tratava de uma espécie nova. Ambos pertenciam a um único tipo de gafanhoto. Aqueles que nasciam um pouco mais amarelados viviam até mais tarde durante a estação seca; os esverdeados, aqueles que os pássaros apanhavam, não duravam o suficiente para se tornarem grandes. Os mais amarelados sobreviviam porque estavam mais adequados a suportar um clima tórrido. Charles Darwin tinha razão. A evidência estava mesmo à minha frente.”
“Having told of so much beauty, how is it possible to tell of her? There are no words left on the earth in any tongue that will do. Such words vanished from the world when it shook itself free from the ocean of chaos, in a cataclysm that reshaped it like one of the balls small children throw in the air at play.”
“I needed to be somewhere different. Maybe I needed to be someone different, too.”
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. —LEO TOLSTOY”
“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”
“Damn you. WHY do you plant these things in my head?”
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