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Marian Engel

  • All intellectual missionaries tend to lechery.

  • ... the woman's eyes were alive as oysters.

    • Marian Engel,
    • Bear
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  • There's a kind of virgin one only becomes with difficulty.

  • I have tried and failed to lead a conventional life. When I try to be like other people, I fall out of bed.

    • Marian Engel,
    • introduction, The Tattooed Woman ()
  • Happiness is a fragile thing, and alcohol, as I know from the house I grew up in, is dangerous to it.

    • Marian Engel,
    • "Share and Share Alike," The Tattooed Woman ()
  • She belonged to a generation of women who had been well fed on meat and potatoes and some of their bodies could not forget this.

    • Marian Engel,
    • "Gemini, Gemino," The Tattooed Woman ()

Marian Engel, Canadian writer

(1933 - 1985)