God! Whose hand was I holding?
("The Haunting of Hill House")
More Quotes from Shirley Jackson:Materializations are often best produced in rooms where there are books. I cannot think of any time when materialization was in any way hampered by the presence of books.
We eat the year away. We eat the spring and the summer and the fall. We wait for something to grow and then we eat it.
No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense.
It was a house without kindness, never meant to be lived in, not a fit place for people or for love or for hope. Exorcism cannot alter the countenance of a house ; Hill House would stay as it was until it was destroyed.
Life Among the Savages is a disrespectful memoir of my children.
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