Monday, January 28, 2008

Field's Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

I rarely have to make myself read - I had to force myself to finish this book. I don't think it was the writing style; the story was very blah. And I'm sure that I'm taking some of these quotations out of context because of my current state of mind - I'm reading this book with a perspective that is very different from a child's point of view!

Rachel Field
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years


"A piece of mountain-ash wood is a good thing to keep close at hand, for it brings luck besides having power against witchcraft and evil."

"Phoebe's stitches were not always of the finest. She was apt to grow fidgety after ten or fifteen minutes of sewing; still, she was so anxious to play with me that she quite surprised us all by her diligence."

"The sermon and prayers were so long I gave up trying to follow them."

"But feeling things behind one is always so much more terrifying than when they actually appear."

"Looking back upon it now, I realize that perhaps the Crow was not really cruel. Crows cannot help their blackness or their sharp beaks."

"I must confess that I have never been more frightened in my life than when I peered down into that vast space below and thought of deliberately hurling myself into it."

"The darkness seemed like a bottomless pit into which I was falling."

". . . how could I hope to fare better than the rest against this common enemy?"

"But I was too spent to struggle. I cared for nothing but to lie still at last after all the batterings I had suffered."

"I think for the moment that all of us must have forgotten that I was made of the stuff which has power over evil."

Little Thankful: ". . . and I mean to wear a nose ring when I grow up."

"Still, beauty is not everything in this world," I told myself.

"All through this trying period of my life I had much time for reflection."

"She was a rather harum-scarum young lady, much more given to riding a horse and dancing than to plying her needle."

"She was like an unbroken colt or a wild bird."

"She was a creature of violent and changing emotions."

"I have treasured his words for years. A compliment from such a gentleman is not received every day of one's life."

". . . for who knows but this may be the one fated to carry me away to further adventures? I feel that many more are awaiting me."

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