One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Final Few Fave Quotes from "Sentimental Education"

Finished the Kindle version yesterday, and have moved on to Madame Bovary (I tried her years ago, in a beautiful leatherbound edition, and gave up about halfway through: this time I'm determined to have her via Kindle).

Frederick has returned home. As far as he knows he'll never see Madame Arnoux again (little does he know that she's lurking around the corner of the next page):
He mingled in society, and he conceived attachments to other women. But the constant recollection of his first love made these appear insipid; and besides the vehemence of desire, the bloom of the sensation had vanished.
The corner/page has turned. Madame Arnoux has come to see him. Frederick is getting quite sentimental:
"All that people have found fault with as exaggerated in fiction you have made me feel," said Frederick. "I can understand Werther, who felt no disgust at his Charlotte for eating bread and butter."
Frederick reveals his foot fetish:
"The sight of your foot makes me lose my self-possession."
She has to go:
There is a moment at the hour of parting when the person that we love is with us no longer.
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