“I’d spent so long pretending to be Scarlet that maybe the old Ivy had faded away.”
“Some of the trees hung their branches down almost as far as the surface, as if they were trying to stroke it with long bony fingers.”
“My name is Scarlet Grey, and until today I thought I would be lost forever.”
“And we have another student who has returned from spending some time abroad as well... Miss Adams, please stand up as well."
I couldn't believe it.
She was back.”
“It fell, and then the words came."
"We are the Whispers in the Walls.”
"Ivy, you need to look at this."
Our mother? At Rookwood?”
“Rose, what are you-" Violet started.
We all turned.
Someone was there.
It was Penny.”
“The food was slices of some kind of roast meat in a watery gravy,”
“Without a word, I walked over to the door and opened it. And when the policeman stepped in, the look on Mr Bartholomew’s face was priceless.”
“a cupboard, but there seemed to be … stairs? Ivy had brought a candle stub, which she lit with a”
“The thoughts of a prisoner—they're not free either. They kept returning to the same things. A single idea keeps stirring. Would they feel that piece of bread in the mattress? Would he have any luck in the dispensary that evening? Would they out Buinovsky in the cells? And how did Tsezar get his hands on that warm vest?”
“When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly like themselves, they don't think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwellin' on himself and start payin' attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.”
“The loudest sound on earth, she thought, is a man with nothing to do.”
“You know," Shane said twenty minutes later, "I'd feel a whole lot better about the two of us if you didn't think I was the go-to guy for breaking and entering.”
“Antonio, I speak to you from beyond the grave, in seriousness. I have loved you with all my shameful heart, as much as I once loved Francisco, and I have conquered any envy that I might have felt. If a dead man may have a wish, it is that you should find your future with Pelagia. She is beautiful and sweet, there is no one who deserves you more, and no one else worthy of you. I wish that you will have children together, and I wish that once or twice you will tell them about their Uncle Carlo that they never saw. As for me, I hoist my knapsack on my shoulders and buckle the webbing, I put my arm through the sling of my rifle, and I open the veil to march into the unknown as soldiers always will. Remember me.
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