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  • And so, as generally happens, those who have most give lease, and those with less somehow make shrift to share.
    (Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague")

  • Despair is a cavern beneath our feet and we teeter on its very brink.
    (Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague")

  • God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so.
    (Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague")

  • I borrowed his brightness and used it to see my way, and then gradually, from the habit of looking at the world as he illuminated it, the light in my own mind rekindled.
    (Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague")

  • It is natural to want to forget, Anna, when everyday is a brimful of sadness. But those souls also forgot those that they had loved. You do not want that, surely? I have heard some preach that God wants us to forget the dead, but I cannot believe so. I think He gives us precious recollections so that we may not be parted entirely from those He has given us to love. You must cherish your memories of your babes, Anna, until you see them again in Heaven.
    (Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague")


  • My Tom died as babies do, gently and without complaint. Because they have been such a little time with us, they seem to hold to life but weakly. I used to wonder if it was so because the memory of Heaven still lived within them, so that in leaving here they do not fear death as we do, who no longer know with certainty where it is our spirits go. This, I thought, must be the kindness that God does for them and for us, since He gives so many infants such a little while to bide with us.
    (Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague")


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