In this cruel world kindness should always be repaid.
("The Thirteenth Tale")
More Quotes from Diane Setterfield:A story so cherished it has to be dressed in casualness to disguise its significance in case the listener turned out to be unsympathetic.
Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother, but the rest of the time there was none. This story is about one of those other times.
I was in a kind of no-man's-land, a place between places. The mind plays all sorts of trucks, gets up to all kinds of things while we ourselves are slumbering in a white zone that looks for all the world like inattention to the onlooker.
But there can be no secrets in a house where there are children.
A birth is not really a beginning. Our lives at the start are not really our own but only the continuation of someone else's story.
In the background is the hiss of the gas heater; we hear the sound without hearing it for, side by side, together and miles apart, we are deep in our books.
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I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it.
No one comes into our house and pushes us around.
But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?