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Sunday, December 03, 2006
I just finished Howard's End and I would like to share a few quotes with the three of you.

"Like many others who have lived long in a great capital, she had strong feelings about the various railway termini. They are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return. In Paddington, all Cornwall is latent; down the inclines of Liverpool Street lie fenlands and the illimitable Broads*, Scotland is through the pylons of Euston, Weston beyond the poised chaos of Waterloo."

"Looking back on the last six months, Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians. Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowwhere. With infinite effort we nerve ourselves for a crisis that never comes. The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of a man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind, our national morality is silent.
it assumes that preparation against danger is in itself a good, and that men, like nations, are the better for staggering through life fully armed. The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks. Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.
Margaret hoped for the future she would be less cautious, not more cautious, than she had been in the past."

"The present flowed by them like a stream. The tree rustled. It had made music before they were born, and would continue after their deaths, but its song was of the moment. The moment had passed. The tree rustled again. Their senses were sharpened and they seemed to apprehend life. Life passed. The tree rustled again."

Seriously people, this is a good book. Barnes and Noble has it in "Classics" for $6.95. I will personally give you a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

(* I am thinking the Illimitable Broads is a pretty good band name.)

posted by pinky 12:32 PM

since I've seen the move about a hundred times, I should probably read the book.....

hope you're well!
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