Jenny Fields discovered that you got more respect from shocking other people than you got from trying to live your own life with a little privacy.
Safer than we are.
In a living city, I could never have noticed so much. Living cities don’t hold still.
Dan suggested to Owen and me that we were better off to not involve ourselves with Hester. How true! But how we wanted to be involved in the thrilling real-life sleaziness that we suspected Hester was in the thick-of. We were in a phase, through television and the movies, of living only vicariously. Even faintly sordid silliness excited us if it put us in contact with love.
Of course, everyone is intolerant of something or someone.
In a school community, someone who reads a book for some secretive purpose, other than discussing it, is strange. What was she reading for?
It’s as if you’ve been shot in the heart, Bill, but you’re unaware of the hole or the loss of blood. I doubt you even heard the shot!
I realize that a writer’s business is setting fire to Piggy Sneed-and trying to save him-again and again; forever.
Keep passing the open windows.
Most places we leave in childhood grow less, not more, fancy.