Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gentian Hill quotes

My dear friend Natalie gave me Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge a few months ago, and I thought I'd share a few quotes that I really liked as I read through it. I'll be sharing several quotes over the next few weeks, starting with:

"Of the several who worked on the farm, he and Madge were the only two who actually slept in the farmhouse, and with Father and Mother Sprigg, Stella, Seraphine, and Hodge, made up a household compactly knit together in a loyalty that had never been expressed in words but of which each was so unconsciously aware that they acted upon it, and, as in the case of Seraphine, traded upon it with just the same certainly with which they trod the solid earth and knew, without considering the matter, that it would not give way beneath them." (p. 37).

"That chuckle was one of the distinctive sounds of Weekaborough, like Madge's singing, Hodge's deep bell-like bark, the striking of the grandfather clock, the click of Mother Sprigg's needle against her thimble, the ring of Father Sprigg's heavy boots upon the stone floors, and the rustle of the wind in the apple trees. In years to come, when she was away from Weekaborough, Stella would remember these sounds, and her recollection would harmonize them into music that would sing like a lullaby in her ears and carry her back to the farmhouse kitchen. She scarcely realized now, of course, that she was exceptionally happy and beloved, but she glowed like a rose as she sat there in the soft candlelight eating her apples and cream." (p. 41)

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