I remember that I stood on the library steps holding my books and looking for a minute at the soft hinted green in the branches against the sky and wishing, as I always did, that I could walk home across the sky instead of through the village.
("We Have Always Lived in the Castle")
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On the moon we wore feathers in our hair, and rubies on our hands. On the moon we had gold spoons.
Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.
Gossip says she hanged herself from the turret on the tower, but when you have a house like Hill House with a tower and a turret, gossip would hardly allow you to hang yourself anywhere else.
My dear, how can I make you perceive that there is no danger where there is nothing but love and understanding?
We moved together very slowly toward the house, trying to understand its ugliness and ruin and shame.
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