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  • There's nothing more aggravating in the world than the midnight sniffling of the person you've decided to hate.
    (Shannon Hale, "Book of a Thousand Days")

  • But when she turned her back to the lights, she saw that the night was so dark...She could not see the stars. The world felt as high as the depthless night sky and deeper than she could know. She understood, suddenly and keenly, that she was too small to run away, and she sat on the damp ground and cried.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Some people are born with the first word of a language resting on their tongue though it may take some time before they can taste it.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • They weren't nice words he said. He could've lived a good life and died never having made a person feel rubbed down to bones and too sad to hold together.
    (Shannon Hale, "Book of a Thousand Days")

  • Clearly she was expected to say something, but panic at having to speak stole the thoughts from her head.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")


  • They finished laughing and caught their breaths, and looked at each other, and Ani thought Geric looked at her too long, as though he forgot he was looking, as though he did not wish to do anything else. She looked back. Her took heart took its time quieting down.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • This morning, Tegus welcomed me again with an arm clasp and cheek touch. I wasn't startled this time, and I breathed in at his neck. How can I describe the scent of his skin? He smells something like cinnamon-- brown and dry and sweet and warm. Ancestors, is it wrong for me to imagine laying my head on his chest and closing my eyes and breathing in his smell?
    (Shannon Hale, "Book of a Thousand Days")

  • Go on, son, you're not doing me any good by bleeding.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • We know it's all just daydreaming. In all likelihood, no one in this forest'll ever get a javelin, and I'll never see my mother's kingdom again, let alone be hailed by crowds as the jewel of Kildenree. Maybe it's vain to wish for it. But sometimes, it'd be nice just to hold something real in your hands that felt like a measure of your worth. Right Finn?
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Time is a wind that keeps blowing in my face and mumbling words that don't make sense.
    (Shannon Hale, "Book of a Thousand Days")

  • He looked at her, and the clarity of his dark eyes struck her heart with a sensation of a wound touched.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • When you get tired of worrying and mourning your horse and trying not to be afraid, tell me and I'll do it for you a while so you can shut your eyes and sleep peaceful.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • You're better than seven years of food. You're better than windows. You're even better than the sky.
    (Shannon Hale, "Book of a Thousand Days")

  • Her nightmare clung to her like the smell of smoke to cloth.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")

  • Years ago, before this estate was generously and unwillingly turned over to the crown, the lord here was a genuine dimwit. He had a minister stashed behind his throne to whisper clever things to say.
    (Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl")


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