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!
"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."