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.


“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.


“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


“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


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

Martin John, by Anakana Schofield


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

Boy, Snow, Bird,  by Helen Oyeyemi


“…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


“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


“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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