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“In an obituary you must strive to make the deceased look their best — but not to look like somebody else.”
“When planning or attending a funeral, one of the things to keep in mind is: Unlike the dead person, you will awaken and rise in the morning. You don't want to have been so bad you wish you could switch places with the deceased. You don't, in short, want to be so embarrassed you liketa died.”
“Some Southerners must spend many years in exile before their accent reaches its full potential. Lutie has lived in New York two decades, and her accent is so thick we wonder if she has a Berlitz coach.”