October 29, 2012

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“Oh, but she never wanted James to grow a day older! or Cam either. These two she would have liked to keep for ever just as they were, demons of wickedness, angels of delight, never to see them grow up into long-legged monsters. Nothing made up for the loss.”

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” ‘Then he put on his trousers and ran away like a madman,’ she read. ‘But outside a great storm was raging and blowing so hard that he could scarcely keep his feet; houses and trees toppled over, the mountains trembled, rocks rolled into the see, the sky was pitch black, and it thundered and lightened, and the sea came in with black waves as high as church towers and mountains, and all with white foam at the top.’ ”

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“He was irritable–he was touchy. He had lost his temper over the Lighthouse. He looked into the hedge, into its intricacy, into its darkness.”

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“Brooding, she changed the pool into the sea, and made the minnows into sharks and whales, and cast vast clouds over this tiny world by holding her hand against the sun, and so brought darkness and desolation, like God himself, to millions of innocent and ignorant creatures, and then took her hand away suddenly and let the sun stream down.”

 

Text from To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

 

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