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  • Chacko had been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and was permitted excesses and eccentricities nobody else was. He claimed to be writing a Family Biography that the Family would have to pay him not to publish. Ammu said that there was only one person in the family who was a fit candidate for biographical blackmail and that was Chacko himself.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • Must we behave like some damn godforsaken tribe that's just been discovered?
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • They would grow up grappling with ways of living with what happened. They would try to tell themselves that in terms of geological time it was an insignificant event. Just a blink of the Earth Woman's eye. That Worse Things had happened. That Worse Things kept happening. But they would find no comfort in the thought.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • Neither question nor answer was meant as anything more than a polite preamble to conversation.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")


  • This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • He folded his fear into a perfect rose. He held it out in the palm of his hand. She took it from him and put it in her hair.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • Nothing mattered much. Nothing much mattered. And the less it mattered the less it mattered. It was never important enough. Because Worse Things had happened. In the country that she came from poised forever between the terror of war and the horror of peace Worse Things kept happening
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • When she listened to songs that she loved on the radio, something stirred inside her. A liquid ache spread under her skin, and she walked out of the world like a witch.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • Her grief grieved her. His devastated her.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • People always loved best what they identified most with.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • When she looked at him now, she couldn't help thinking that the man he had become bore so little resemblance to the boy he had been. His smile was the only piece of baggage he had carried with him from boyhood into manhood.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • His eyes were polite yet maleficent, as though he was making an effort to be civil to the photographer while plotting to murder his wife.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • Perverted quality; Moral perversion; The innate corruption of human nature due to original sin; Both the elect and the non-elect came into the world in a state of total d. and alienation from God, and can, of themselves do nothing but sin. J.H. Blunt.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")

  • With the certitude of a true believer, Vellya Paapen had assured the twins that there was no such thing in the world as a black cat. He said that there were only black cat chaped holes in the universe.
    (Arundhati Roy, "The God of Small Things")


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