It didn't occur to him that she might have chosen to remain this way. That where he saw reserve and loneliness, Cassandra saw self-preservation and the knowledge that it was safer when one had less to lose.

— Kate Morton

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It's a terrible thing, isn't it, the way we throw people away?

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Cassandra wondered at the mind's cruel ability to toss up flecks of the past.

Why, as she neared her life's end, her grandmother's head should ring with the voices of people long since gone. Was it always this way? Did those with passage booked on death's silent ship always scan the dock for faces of the long-departed?

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Reluctance to begin is quick to befriend procrastination. . . .

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In each man's heart there lies a hole.

A dark abyss of need, the filling of which takes precedence over all else.

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In real life turning points are sneaky.

They pass by unlabeled and unheeded. Opportunities are missed, catastrophes unwittingly celebrated. Turning points are only uncovered later, by historians who seek to bring order to a lifetime of tangled moments.

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It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season.

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But history is a faithless teller whose cruel recourse to hindsight makes fools of its actors.

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She'd slept terribly the night before.

The room, the bed, were both comfortable enough, but she'd been plagued with strange dreams, the sort that lingered upon waking but slithered away from memory as she tried to grasp them. Only the tendrils of discomfort remained.

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My fingers positively itched to drift at length along their spines, to arrive at one whose lure I could not pass, to pluck it down, to inch it open, then to close my eyes and inhale the soul-sparking scent of old and literate dust.

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True love, it's like an illness. I never understood it before. In books and plays. Poems. I never understood what drove otherwise intelligent, right-thinking people to do such extravagant, irrational things. Now I do. It's an illness. You can catch it when you least expect. There's no known cure. And sometimes, in its most extreme, it's fatal.

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She felt like a fictional character who'd escaped the book in which her creator had carefully and kindly trapped her, taken a pair of scissors to her outline and leaped, free.

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Darling girl, blinded by foolish thoughts of love.

How to tell her that the hearts of men were not so easily won. If won, rarely kept.

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About Kate Morton

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Birthday October 16

They say everyone needs something to love.

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He had the vague sense of standing on a threshold, the crossing of which would change everything.

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We're all unique, just never in the ways we imagine.

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Cassandra's grandmother smiled then, only it wasn't a happy smile.

Cassandra thought she knew how it felt to smile like that. She often did so herself when her mother promised her something she really wanted but knew might not happen.

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Time had a way of moulding people into shapes they themselves no longer recognised.

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... people who'd led dull and blameless lives did not give thanks for second chances.

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Quite simply the book and I were meant to be together.

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Thinking of nothing. Trying to think of nothing. Thinking of everything.

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For it is said, you know, that a letter will always seek a reader;

that sooner or later, like it or not, words have a way of finding the light, of making their secrets known.

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But happiness ... happiness grows at our own firesides," she said. "It is not to be picked in strangers' gardens." ~ The House at Riverton

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Life could be cruel enough these days without the truth making it worse.

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People might think writing is a hard business, but it's nowhere near acting.

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Nighttime is different. Things are otherwise when the world is black. Insecurities and hurts, anxieties and fears grow teeth at night. p493

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But in my humble opinion, a house needs a good party once in a while; remind folks it exists.

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Had any poet adequately described the wretched ugliness of a loved one turned inside out with grief?

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You'll beat this. I know it doesn't feel like it, but you will. You're a survivor." "I don't want to survive it." "I know that, too," Nell had said. "And it's fair enough. But sometimes we don't have a choice.

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Percy climbed the first step, then the next, remembering the thousands of times she'd run through the door, in a hurry to get to the future, to whatever was coming next, to this moment.

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You must learn to know the difference between tales and the truth, my Liza, she would say. Fairy tales have a habit of ending too soon. They never show what happens afterwards when the prince and princess ride off the page.

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So much in life came down to timing.

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Those who live in memories are never really dead." The House At Riverton

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She was the sort of person for whom fear was the natural response to that beyond explanation.

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If you don't stop apologizing, you're going to convince me you've done something wrong.

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Oh, Grey, no one really likes keeping secrets.

The only thing that makes a secret fun is knowing that you weren't supposed to tell it.

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... for home is a magnet that lures back even its most abstracted children.

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Doors lead to things and I've never met one I haven't wanted to open.

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It is a cruel, ironical art, photography.

The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....

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. . . companions were to be valued, wherever one found them.

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To abandon a child, she had once said to someone, when she thought Cassandra couldn't hear, was an act so cold, so careless, it refused forgiveness.

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I sound contemptuous, but I am not. I am interested--intrigued even--by the way time erases real lives, leaving only vague imprints. Blood and spirit fade away so that only names and dates remain.

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The certainty that she would find what it was she sought just slipped away, until one night she knew there was nothing, no one waiting for her. That no matter how far she walked, how carefully she searched, how much she wanted to find the person she was looking for, she was alone" - The Forgotten Garden

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She was the breeze on a summer's day, the first drops of rain when the earth was parched, light from the evening star.

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When reason sleeps, the monsters of repression will emerge.

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I love the structural part of the writing process.

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In retrospect, it seems like everything in my life led to me becoming a writer.

I just didn't realise it at the time.

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It's special, grandparents and grandchldren.

So much simpler. Is it always so, I wonder? I think perhaps it is. While one's child takes a part of one's heart to use and misuse as they please, a grandchild is different. Gone are the bonds of guilt and responsibility that burden the maternal relationship. The way to love is free.

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She doesn't know I cry for the changing times.

That just as I reread favourite books, some small part of me hoping for a different ending, I find myself hoping against hope that the war will never come. That this time, somehow, it will leave us be.

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when you love someone you’ll do just about anything to keep them.

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