• Oh! And they read English novels! David! Did you ever look into an English novel? Well, do not trouble yourself. It is nothing but a lot of nonsense about girls with fanciful names getting married

    Susanna Clarke
  • Yet it is true—skin can mean a great deal. Mine means that any man may strike me in a public place and never fear the consequences. It means that my friends do not always like to be seen with me in the street. It means that no matter how many books I read, or languages I master, I will never be anything but a curiosity—like a talking pig or a mathematical horse

    Susanna Clarke
  • He said, "Were he only like his sister—what a difference that would make! For there never was such a sweet and gentle lady! I hear her footsteps, as she goes about the world. I hear the swish-swish-swish of her silken gown and the jingle-jangle of the silver chain about her neck. Her smile is full of comfort and her eyes are kind and happy! How I long to see her!" "Who, sir?" asked Paramore, puzzled. "Why, his sister, John. His sister

    Susanna Clarke
  • [A] smile is the most becomingornament that any lady can wear

    Susanna Clarke
  • When you're writing, you're creating something out of nothing ... A successful piece of writing is like doing a successful piece of magic."[As quoted on WritersServices, 6 March 2012]

    Susanna Clarke
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