savoury sentences from several sources, part 4

 

“On her lapel was a gilt brooch large enough to be a small sculpture.”
—’The Things You Know’, Lemon Table,  by Julian Barnes.

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“Why is it that in every relationship a dismal moment arrives when one’s lover suggests the seaside?”

—‘Little Bird’, Oh, My Darling, by Shaena Lambert.

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“Omens are for example hearing someone say victory as they pass you in the street/ or to be staring/ at the little sulfur lamps in the grass/ all around the edge of the hotel garden/ just as they come on. They come on at dusk.”
The Beauty of the Husband,  by Anne Carson

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“If you are offered a plover’s egg as a snack, that, too, is taken with the left hand.”
The Finishing School,  by Muriel Spark

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“It was a time when people didn’t ask as many questions. That was the time it was.”

Martin John, by Anakana Schofield

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“…vanity isn’t fussy; it’ll eat almost anything.”

Boy, Snow, Bird,  by Helen Oyeyemi

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“…he yearned to be in love with the sort of woman who would fall for the kind of man he pretended to be.”
Savage Love,  by Douglas Glover

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“I found myself more interested in the dialogue I’d stolen, and wondered if I was better at eavesdropping than writing poetry.”

A Year of Days, by Myrl Coulter

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“There is no box to check for not wanting a box at all.”

‘The Rest of My Chest’,Gender Failure, by Ivan Coyote

 

 

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2 thoughts on “savoury sentences from several sources, part 4

  1. I can understand about eavesdropping and not wanting to check a box, and even the vital importance of taking a plover egg with the correct hand, but what’s dismal about the seaside? I would not only be delighted if a lover or friend were to suggest the seaside, I’ve suggested the seaside myself!

    1. I agree… is there a better suggestion of any kind?? One of the reasons I love the sentence so much. It’s so wonderfully counter-intuitive.

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