The Lovely Bones - Alice Seabold
- "She had a stare that streched to infinity. She was, in that moment, not my mother but something seperate to me"
- "it had been my father who had finally said it, 'She's never coming home'."
- "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world."
- "These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence"
- "How to commit the perfect murder was an old game in heaven"
- "The living deserve attention too"
- "I left my mark on that man"
- "Murder had a blood red door on the other side was everything unimaginable"
- "my name was Salmon like the fish, first name Susie"
- "Allyou have to do is desire it, and if you desire it enough and understand why -- really know -- it will come"
- "And I was gone"
- "To please us both was an impossibility"
- "You're dead and you have to accept it!
- "Horror onEarth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or the sun it cannot contain"
- "They would go back to their homes and put me to rest, a letter from the past never reopened or reread
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A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
- "a mans accusing finger, always finds a woman"
- "An heirloom-breaking, clumsy little harami"
- "Jalil said she was his little flower"
- "it was strange seeing the world through a mesh screen"
- "a private, married smile"
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The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
- "Dear God"
- "I am fourteen years old.
- "letting me know what is happening to me"
- "But i don't never git used to it"
- "She happy, cause he good to her now. But too sick to last long."
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Vernon God Little - LBC Pierre
- "That's when she stuck the knife in"
- "feel the blade chop and dice"
- "A liar is a pysochopath - someone who paints grey areas between black and white"
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Brick Lane - Monica Ali
- "Nazneed could only say two things in English: sorry and thank you"
- It was the middle of the day. Nazneed had finished the housework"
- "looked out across the dead grass and broken paving stones"
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Snow Falling On Cedars - David Guterson
- "He could see how his face had once been a boy's face and how on top of this was laid the face of his war years"
- "Kabuo remembered... it turned out to be a very young boy he had shot"
- "Kabuo shot him one more time in the heart at point-blank range."
- "He felt his carefully constructed exterior crumbling when she spoke to the court so insultingly about his father"
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God Of Small Things - Arundhati Roi
- "The twins were too young to know that these were history's henchman"
- "(Dum dum)"
- "That was then they noticed his painted nails"
- "His nose and both his cheekbones were smashed, leaving his face pulpy, undefined"
- "Don't worry, You're safe with us now"
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I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing- Maya Angelou
- "made my skin look dirty like mud"
- "when one day I woke out of my black ugly dream"
- "Of course I forgive you"
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Funeral Blues - W.H. Auden
- "He was my North, my South, my East and West"
- "Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead"
- "Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood"
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Refugee Blues - W.H. Auden
- "Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me"
- "Say this city has ten million souls"
- "Saw the fish swimming as if they were free"
- "Asked me politely to return next year"
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The Unknown Citizen - W.H. Auden
- "He was found"
- "Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd: Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard"
- "added five children to the population"
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War Photographer - Carol Ann Duffy
- "he is finally alone"
- "all flesh is grass"
- "of children in a nightmare heat"
- "a half-formed ghost. He remembers the cries of this man's wife"
- "A hundred agonies in black and white"
- "Where he earns his living and they do not care"
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Poem - Simon Armitage
- "always tucked his daughter up at night"
- "And once, for laughing, punched her in the face"
- "he blubbed when she went from bad to worse"
- "how they rated him"
- "sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that"
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About His Person - Simon Armitage
- "five pound fifty in change, exactly"
- "a rolled up note of explanation"
- "a giveaway photograph"
- "banked in the heart of a locked"
- "no gold or silver... a ring of white unweathered skin"
- "That was everything"
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Still I Rise - Maya Angelou
- "Do you want to see me broken?"
- "like air I rise"
- "I'm the dream and hope of a slave"
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A Raisin In The Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
- "You... you are a disgrace to your father's memory"
- "There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing"
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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - Tenessee Williams
- "We don't live together, we merely occupy the same cage"
- "We mustn't scream at each other, the walls in this house have ears"
- "Born poor, raised poor, expected to die poor"
- "I get this click in my head, it makes me peaceful, a sort of mechanical thing"
- "You're my son and I'm going to straighten you out"
- "how are you going to conceive a child by a man in love with his liquor?"
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Small Island - Andrea Levey
- "but this is perchance where he is aboding?"
- "Hurricanes hardly ever happen"
- "For the teeth and glasses. That was the reason so many coloured people were coming to this country"
- "Remember the english are liars"
- "I was shocked by the awful realisation... man we Jamaicans are all small islanders too!"
- "There was no doubt about it, I was looking forward to this war"
- The zebra of their legs twinned and untwinned"
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Search For My Tongue - Sujata Bhatt
- "Every time I think I've forgotten it blossoms out of my mouth"
- "lost the first one, the mother tongue and could not really know... the foreign tongue"
- "it grows back, a stump of a shoot, grows longer, grows moist, grows strong"
- "the bud opens in my mouth, it pushes the other tongue aside"
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Top Girls - Caryl Churchill
- "I want to be free in a free world"
- "I don't believe in class, Anyone can do anything if they've go what it takes"
- "I thought God would speak to me directly. But of course he knew I was a woman"
- "I put on this dress to kill my mother"
- "Nobody notices me, I don't expect it, I don't attract attention by making mistakes, everybody takes it for granted that my work is perfect"
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The Help - Katheryn Stockett
- "you is kind, you is smart. You is important"
- "They ain't rich folks. Rich folks don't try so hard"
- "It wasn't too long before I seen something in me had changed. A bitter seed was planted inside a me. And I just didn't feel so accepting anymore"
- "A bill that required every white home to have a seperate bathroom for the coloured help"
- "That ugly white fool"
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time
- "This is a murder mystery novel"
- "I find people confusing"
- "I was excited. When I strated writing my book there was only one mystery to solve. Now there were two"
- "I think prime numbers are like life"
- "the thought of going somewhere on my own is frightening"
- "I solved the mystery of Who killed Wellington? and found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything"
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Medusa - Carol Ann Duffy
- "My bride's breath soured, stank in the grey bags of my lungs"
- "There are bullet tears in my eyes"
- "Are you terrified? Be terrified."
- "here you come with a sheild of a heart and a sword of a tongue"
- "Wasn't I beautiful? Wasn't I fragrant and young?"
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Ratatouille - Michael Laskey
- "the Indian bedspread"
- "the cracked basin ... the plants and the bricks"
- "We sat with our knees almost touching"
- "Every so often we paused, forks poised, held our peace as a train clattered past"
- "tastes and textures blend better"
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A Woman Of No Importance - Oscar Wilde
- "She was far too good-looking to be in any respectable household"
- "I think to elope is cowardly. It's running away from danger. And danger has become so rare in modern life"
- "There are far more things forbidden to us than are forbidden to them"
- "Lord Illingworth told me this morning that there was an orchid there as beautiful as the seven deadly sins."
- "plain women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful women never are!"
- "Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building."
- "The clever people never listen, and the stupid people never talk."
- "I adore simple pleasure... The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden"
- "As far as I can see, he is to do nothing but pay bills and compliments."
- "he should be allowed to admit that he has been entirely in the wrong, and when he has admitted that, it becomes a woman's duty to forgive"
- "you looked very pretty while you said it, which is much more important"
- "Death, being childless, wants our children from us"
- "It is the price I paid for you - the price of soul and body - that makes me love you as I do"
- "Child of my shame!"
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The Flea - John Donne
- "swells with one blood made of two... more than we would do"
- "three lives in one flea spare... more than married are"
- "apt to kill me... that self murder... sacrilege, three sins in killing three"
- "this flea guilty... that drop which it sucked from thee?"
"not thyself, norme, the weaker now"
- "this flea's death took like from thee"
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Epitaph - Lady Katherine Dyer
- "My dearest dust"
- "leave to stay One hour longer"
- "thy widow bride Shall soon repose her by thy slumbering side"
- "Whose business, now, is only to prepare"
- "Mine eyes wax heavy... my blood grows cold"
- "Draw, draw the closed curtains: and make room"
- "my dearest dust; I come, I come"
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mercifully ordain that we may become aged together
- "when I saw them"
- "He held it out for her as if the sleeves were winged while she gracefully turned her back to shrug it on"
- "he did a little jink"
- "on the balls of his feet"
- "then he freed her hair from the collar"
- "this exact same thing for years"
- "I watched him pick up the shopping, she picked up her bag"
- "I collected my latte and my white chocolate chip muffin and walked out into the rain"
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Ghazal - Mimi Khalvati
- "If yours is the iron fist in the velvet glove when the arrow flies, the heart is pierced, tattoo me"
- "If mine is the venomous tongue, the serpant's tail, charmer, use your charm, weave a spell and subdue me"
- "If I am thelaurel leaf in your crown"
- "we are just good friends, by my Friend, muse, lover and guide"
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Quickdraw - Carol Ann Duffy
- "like guns, slung from the pockets"
- "your voice a pellet in my ear"
- "You've wounded me"
- "trigger of my tongue"
- "in th last Chance saloon"
- "the silver bullets of your kiss"
- "Take this... and this... and this... and this... and this..."
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Praise Song For My Mother - Grace Nichols
- "You were water to me deep and bold and fathoming"
- "moon's eyes... you were sunrise"
- "rise and warm and streaming"
- "the fishes red gill...the flame tree's... the crab's leg"
- "replenishing replenishing"
- "Go to your wide futures, you said"
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Harmonium - Simon Armitage
- "could beautify saints and raise the dead"
- "aged the harmonium's softwood case and yellowed the fingernails of its keys."
- "hummed harmonics still struck a chord"
- "where father and son... had opened their thraots and gilded finches... had streamed out."
- "cart is away."
- "laid on its back."
- "bear the freight of hid own dead weight"
- "too starved of breath to make itself heard."
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Sonnet 43 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- "How do I love thee?"
- "depth and breadth and height my soul can reach"
- "by sun and candllight"
- "the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life"
- "if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death"
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Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare
- "love is not love"
- "Which alters when it alteration finds"
- "it is an ever-fixed mark"
- "It is the star to every wand-ring bark"
- "Love's not Time's fool"
- "Love alters not with his bried hours and weeks"
- "I never writ, nor no man ever loved"
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The Farmer's Bride - Charlotte Mew
- "Her smile went out"
- "like a little frightened fay."
- "like a mouse"
- "Happy enough to chat and play With birds and rabbits|"
- "Shy as a levert"
- "Alone, poor maid. 'Tis bt a stair Betwixt us."
- "Oh! my God! the down, The soft young down of her, the brown, The brown of her - her eyes, her hair, her hair!"
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To His Coy Mistress - Andrew Marvell
- "Had we but world enough, and time"
- "Thou by the Indian Ganges' side Shouldst rubies find"
- "My vegetable love"
- "Time's winged chariot"
- "your quaint honour turn to dust, And into ashes all my lust"
- "The grave's a fine and private place"
- "like amorous birds of prey"
- "Through the iron gates of life."
- "Stand still, yet we will make him run."
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Nettles - Simon Armitage
- "those green spears, That regiment of spite"
- "White blisters beaded on his tender skin"
- "I took my hook and homed the blade"
- "slashed in fury"
- "Till not a nettle in that fierce parafe Stood"
- "lit A funeral pyre to burn the fallen dead"
- "Had called up tall recruits... feel sharp wounds again"
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Mother, any distance greater than a single span -
- "help me measure windowa, pelmets, doors, the acres of the walls, the prairies of the floors."
- "You at the zero-end... recording length, reporting metres... back to base"
- "unreeling years between us"
- "Anchor. Kite."
- "I space-walk through the empty bedrooms"
- "your fingertips still pinch the last one-hundredth of an inch..."
- "an endless sky to fall or fly."
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The Manhunt - Simon Armitage
- "passionate night and intimate days"
- "the frozen river which ran through his face... the blownhinge of his lower jaw... the damaged, porcelain collar-bone... fractured rudder of should-blade... the parachute silk of his puntured lung... climb the rungs of his brown ribs"
- "picture the scaen, the foetus of metal"
- "unexploded mine buried deep in his mind"
- "Then, and only then, did I come close."
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A Valediction: forbidden mourning - John Donne
- "So virtuous men pass mildly away"
- "harms and hear; ,,, but trepidation of the spheres"
- "make no noise"
- "Our two souls therefore which are one"
- "Thy soul, thy fixed foot"
- "draws my circls justand makes me end where I began"
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How To Talk To A Widower - Jonathan Tropper
- "I had a wife. Her name was Hailey. Now she's gone. And so am I"
- "There are three things that people will say... three things that you wish like hell they wouldn't say, insane platitues guaranteed to make your bowels clench and the blood in your ears pound with rage"
- "She's not coming back. I will never see her again"
- "This is wrong... There is no God... There is no Hailey.
- "there's something beautiful in grief"
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Othello - William Shakespeare
- "May the winds blow... let the labouring bark climb hills of seas"
- "my soul and fortunes consecrate"
- "bounteous to her mind"
- defend your good souls"
- "my soul's joy!"
- "My sould hath her content so absolute"
- "Oh my fair warrior!"
- "Come Desdemona, Once more, well met at Cyprus"
- "My noble father... To you I am bound for life and education... But here's my husband"
- "She loved me for the dangers I had passed, And I loved her that she did pity them"
- "His unkindness may deat my life, But never taint my love"
- "Excellent wretch! Perditon catch my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, chais is come again"
- "I known a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip"
- "I humbly do beseech of your pardon, For too much loving you"
- "They are all but stomachs, and we all but food. To eat us hungerly, and when they are full, They belch us."
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Brendon Gallacher - Jackie Kay
- "my Brendon Gallacher"
- "His father was in prison; he was a cat burglar"
- "He had six brothers and I had one"
- "He would hold my hand and take me by the river"
- "she'd say, 'Why not have him round for dinner?'"
- "when it was pouring"
- "he died then"
- "his spiky hair, his impish grin, his funny flapping ears."
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Hour - Carol Ann Duffy
- "Love's time's beggar"
- "For thousands of seconds we kiss"
- "your hair like treasure on the ground"
- "we are millionaire, backhanding the night"
- "no jewel hold a candle to the cuckoo spit"
- "no chandelier or spotlight see you better lit"
- "Time haes kive, wants love poor, but love spins gold, gold, gold from straw."
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In Paris With You - James Fenton
- "Don't talk to me of love."
- "I'm in Paris with you"
- "Do you mind if we do not fo to the Louvre, If we say sof off to sodding Notre Dame, If we skip the Champs Elysees"
- "Doing this and that To what and whom"
- "Learning who you are, Learning what I am"
- "There's that crack across the ceiling And the hotel walls are peeling"
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Farther - Simon Armitage
- "Pulling a camera"
- "shutter's blink"
- "son to man"
- "that cleft earth split... by a father's grief"
- "short and sharp and solitary"
- "alter of rock"
- "the tipping in the scale of us, the intersection of our ages"
- "Your bent head the colour of rocks"
- "with every stepapart, I'm another closer to you"
- "sky rubbed raw over the mountains"
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Keyways - Simon Armitage
- "sharing one lung"
- "finally did in that chapel"
- "So when did the bolt slip? The blade break in the mouth"
- "unpick the months... mae a turn that failed to dock... stuck half-way... waiting the expected click"
- "waiting your impression"
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Winter Swans - Simon Armitage
- "the waterlogged earth gulping for breath at out feet"
- "The clouds had given their all - two days of rain"
- "with a showof tipping in unison"
- "icebergs of white feathers"
- "like a pair of wings settling after flight"
- "before returning again lile boats righting in rough weather"
- "porcelain over the still water"
- "They mate for life you said"
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Valentine - Simon Armitage
- "your wet lashes"
- "down that Paris street"
- "like a pair of wrecked voyagers"
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Marking Time - Simon Armitage
- "a brand-burn secret"
- "loving scar"
- "lovers who carve trees, the equation of their names equalled by an arrow"
- "two tattered flags flying from your spine's mast"
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Inheritance - Simon Armitage
- "red hot at its core, cooled dark at its side"
- "pain in the pleasure"
- "like a stick in the spokes of my speech"
- "testing it under the years' hard hammer"
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Four Movements In The Scale Of Two - Simon Armitag
- "foetus curled"
- "cracking close"
- "suddenly and obscured as glass"
- "until the slow smoke - signal of bloo"
- "the brushstrokes of your hair"
- "shading between my shoulder blades"
- "drawing upon a palette of touches"
- "an overhead shot"
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Landmark - Simon Armitage
- "Afterwards they were hour timeless"
- "reclaiming their clothes"
- "white-blossomed branches of the blackthorn tree"
- "A sarcophagus"
- "weight imprinted"
- "complete without them"
- "holding each other as if to let go would mean forever"
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Song - Simon Armitage
- "A siren in a cage"
- "spread my wings in the rain and fan you with my feathers in the sun"
- "If we were magpies my love"
- "in the Spring I'd sing"
- "oil spill of your plumage"
- "I will be waiting to help you try your wings again"
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Trees - Simon Armitage
- "it'll be fully grown... I should habe known"
- "could be the setting or the rising sun"
- "a finger-thick sapling"
- "loaded with the promise of what it'll become"
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A View From The Bridge - Arthur Miller
- "My B!"
- "You want somethin' else, Eddie, and you can never have her!"
- "Katie you are walk' wavy"
- "Catherine strikes a match and holds it to Eddie's cigar"
- "When am I going to be a wife again, Eddie?"
- "there is too much love for the neice"
- "Because there's nothingillegal about a girl falling in love with an immigrant"
- "She can't marry you, can she?"
- "Well you kept her a baby, you wouldn't let her go out"
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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
- "he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes... he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing... he was caught by their easy playfulness"
- "No one who has ever seen you together can doubt his affection... Could she have seen half as much love in Mr. Darcy for herself, she would have ordered her wedding clothes."
- "I have never been much in love; for had I really experienced that pure and elevating passion, I should at present detest his very name, and wish him all manner of evil"
- "My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
- "It is impossible that he should still love me."
- "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"
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The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires, and I knew that first I had to get myself definitely out of that tangle back home"
- "he's read a Chicago paper fo years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name"
- "He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of reponse it drew from her well-loved eyes"
- "Gatsy bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay"
- "That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen"
- "He had discovered that Myrtle had some sort of life apart from him in another world, and the shock had made him physically sick"
- "I love you now - isn't that enough?"
- "She's not leaving me! ... Certainly notfor a common swindler who'd have to steal the ring he put on her finger!
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Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
- "We are seven years into a childless marriage"
- "the radiating power of Jed Parry's love and pity"
- "You're so rational sometimes you're like a child"
- "Perhaps that's the essence of a love letter, to celebrate the unique"
- "She was looking at me in a new way now and was moving through the conversation with the caution of a bomb disposal expert"
- "He was standing in the road, waving to me forlonly but looking, without question, like a man blessed in love"
- "What a zoologist had to say about a baby's smile could be of no interest. The truth of that smile was in the eye and heart of the parent"
- "He's obsessed. He simply won't leave me alone"
- "You love me and you want to destroy me"
- "rejected, stunned by refusal to recognise in that first instance our love"
- "Exploration has began on the ocean floor but the surface remains undisturbed"
- "you've seen my soul"
- "It's a warmth, it's a heat and it can burn you, Joe, it can consume you"
- "I thought there remained between us an unarticulated dispute, though I wasn't certain what is was"
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Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
- "She was much too fond of Heathcliff. The greatest punishment we could invent for her was to keep her seperate from him"
- "It would degrade meto marry Heathcliff"
- "My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods; time will change it... My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath"
- "Nelly, I am Heathcliff!"
- "I won't rest till you are with me. I never will!"
- "If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day"
- "Catherine, you know that I could as soon forget you as my existence!"
- "The ledge... was covered with writing... this writing was nothing but a name repeated... - Catherine Earnshaw, here and there varied to Catherine Heathcliff, and then again to Catherine Linton"
- "he's mine,and I want the triumph of seeing my descendant faily lord of their estate; my child hiring their children to till their fathers' land for wages"
- "I shall be your father, to-morrow - all the father you'll have in a few days - and you shall have plently of that"
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Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
- "Out of her favour, where I am in love"
- "Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs... a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes; Being vex'd a sea nourish'd with lovers' tears"
- "Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night"
- "If he be married My grave is like to be my wedding bed"
- "I'll look to like If looking liking prove"
- "what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun"
- "If that thy bent of love be honourable, Thy purpose marriage"
- "They are but beggars that can count their worth; but my true love is grown to such excess I cannot sum up some of half my wealth"
- "God join'd my heart and Romeo's, thou our hands; And ere this hand, by three to Romeo seal'd"
- "Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips ... seal with a righteous kiss... Thus with a kiss I die"
- "Give me my Romeo;and, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garnish sun"
- "if love be blind, It best agrees with night... Think true love acted simple modesty"
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Emma - Jane Austen
- "I certainly will not persuade myself to feel more than I do. I am quite enough in love. I should be sorry to be more"
- "they ay every body is in love once in their lives"
- "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you known what I am - You hear nothing but truth from me"
- "Matrimony, as the origin of change, was always disagreeable"
- "A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter"
- It is always incomprehenisble to a man that a woman should ever refuce an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for any body who asks her"
- "you are no friend to matrimonry; and therefore why should you be so anxious to pay your respects to a bride? ... It is encouraging people to marry if you make so much of them"
- "Marriage, in face, would not do for her. It would be incompatible with what she owed to her father, and with what she felt for him. Nothing should seperate her from her father"
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One Flesh - Elizabeth Jennings
- "Lying apart now, each in a seperate bed"
- "the book he holds unread, Her eyes fixed on the shadoes overhead"
- "How cool they lie. They hardly ever touch, Or if they do it is like a confession"
- "Chastity faces them, a destination"
- "For which their whole lives were a preparation"
- "Strangely apart, yet strangely close together"
- "Silence between them like a thread to hold And not wind in"
- "Do they know they're old"
- "These two who are my father and my mother"
- "Whose fire from which I cam, has now grown cold?"
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The Kaleidoscope - Douglas Dunn
- "Might be to find you pillowed with your books"
- "My presence watched through your kaleidoscope, A symmetry of husbands, wach redisigned In lovely forms of foresight, prayer and hope"
- "looking At where you died"
- "Offering me, my flesh, my soul, my skin"
- "Grief wrongs us"
- "I stand, and wait, and cry For the absurd forgiveness, not knowing why."
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Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
- "All happy families are alike, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way"
- "All one has to do is not spoil children, not to distort their nature, and they'll be delightful. No, my children won't be like that"
- "Levin had been married three months. He was happy, but not at all in the way he had expected to be. At every step he found his former dreams disappointed, and new, unexpected surprises of happiness"
- "The only happy marriages I know are marriages of prudence"
- "Haven't I struggled to love him, to love my son when I could not love my husband?"
- "Respect was incented to cover the empty plave where love should be"
- "My love keeps growing more passionate and egoistic, while his is waning and waning, and that's why we're drifting apart"
- "You married a man twenty years older than yourself. You married him without love and not knowing what love was. It was a mistake, let's admit"
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