“I was worried about my
children. Larry wanted to be
a writer but was the worst estate agent in Hampshire, Margo was turning into a
twit… Gerry loathed school and Lesley wanted to shoot anything that moved… so I
moved us all here.”
“There is one thing that I wish for. There is one thing without which my happiness in this world seems impossible. I was not born to live alone. I must have someone with me. And in loving and being loved, I could be happy."
“You couldn’t be happy if it meant being cruel. If we act in any other way I’ll be making you act against what I love in you most. And I can’t go back to that way of thinking, don’t you see? I can’t love you unless I give you up.”
“I am a nurse. You bring me shattered men with shattered bodies and shattered minds and I will try and put them back together again. And if I can’t, I will stay with them until the very last moment and beyond. No, I am a nurse ”
“I’ll tell you a secret. Something they don’t teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again."
“Your church, dear Prioir, shall burn to the ground. Your children, my Lord, shall die on the gallows. And you, good Father, the confessor whom I trusted, you shall one day climb very high, only to fall”
“At night, I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. Down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. It is a weird lullaby, and so it is; it is mine.”
“London 1874, Keep your wits about you; this city is vast and intricate and you do not know your way around. You imagine from other stories you’ve read that you know it well but those stories flattered you. You are an alien from another time and place altogether. You do not know what hour it is do you? Nor do most where you’re going. They go to sleep as soon as the gin hits. You have allowed yourself to be led astray, and you’ve no hope of finding your way back.”