We moved together very slowly toward the house, trying to understand its ugliness and ruin and shame.
("We Have Always Lived in the Castle")
More Quotes from Shirley Jackson: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.
Wear your boots if you wander today
February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.
All our land was enriched with my treasures buried in it, thickly inhabited just below the surface with my marbles and my teeth and my colored stones, all perhaps turned to jewels by now, held together under the ground in a powerful taut web which never loosened, but held fast to guard us.
All I could think of when I got a look at the place from the outside was what fun it would be to stand out there and watch it burn down.
You will be wondering about that sugar bowl, I imagine, is it still in use? You are wondering, has it been cleaned? You may very well ask, was it thoroughly washed?
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