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“Istanbul ... the constant beating of the wave of the East against the rock of the West ...”
“... she fingered the edge of his mother's sorrow like a tailor feeling the quality of a rival's well-made suit. Was it anything like the pain she had felt ... ?”
“You don't have to be sincere yourself to recognize sincerity when you see it. Any more than you have to be insane to recognize insanity.”
“... danger was always at its most lethal when disguised as respectability.”
“Possibilities swung from the ropes of his life like charms on a watch chain, golden.”
“... impulses sometimes have logical roots and ought to be given in to.”
“... martyrs are always uncomfortable people to live with.”
“Time does not act on memory to soften the edges, blur the details; if anything, it sharpens them. Emotions may lose their acid outlines, but not places and people, not if you wish to retain them.”
“... her voice ... slides over her words like cold water, as though they were stones and had no life.”
Susan Moody, English writer
Real name: Susan Elizabeth Horwood Donaldson.