Boys' hate was dangerous, it was keen and bright, a miraculous birthright, like Arthur's sword snatched out of the stone.
1971Lives of Girls and Women,'Changes and Ceremonies'.
I thought of my mother, who would publicly campaign for birth control but would never even think she needed to talk to me, so firmly was she convinced that sex was something no womanno intelligent womanwould ever submit to unless she had to.Alice Ne E Laidlaw Munro
She had reached an age where she thought she could not stand to knowany more?she pushed any discovery aside with embarassment.Alice Ne E Laidlaw Munro
Country manners. Even if somebody phones up to tell you your house is burning down, they ask first how you are.Alice Ne E Laidlaw Munro
People live within winter in a way outsiders do not understand. Theyare watchful, provident, fatigued, exhilarated.Alice Ne E Laidlaw Munro
Do such moments really mean, as they seem to, that we have a life of happiness with whichwe onlyoccasionally, knowingly, intersect? Do theyshed such light beforeand after that all that has happened in our livesor that we've made to happencan be dismissed?Alice Ne E Laidlaw Munro