Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quote of the week

"She was silent and I felt for the first time that she was unhappy. This was a revelation to me. I knew that grown-up people were unhappy - when a relation died, for instance, or went bankrupt. At such times they were sure to be unhappy: they had no option: it was the rule, like mourning after a death, like a black margin round the writing paper. (My mother still used it for my father.) They were unhappy to order. But that they should be unhappy in the way that I was, sometimes, because something in my private life, to which perhaps I couldn't give a name, had gone wrong - that hadn't occurred to me." The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley