Autodidact: self-taught



by V. L. Craven

Jean-Christophe Volume I by Romain Rolland
01. Christophe was growing a new skin. Christophe was growing a new soul. And seeing the worm out and rotten soul of his childhood fall away he never dreamed that he was taking on a new one, younger and stronger. As through life we change our bodies, do also we change our souls; and the metamorphosis does not always take place over several days; there are times of crisis when the whole is suddenly renewed. The adult changes his soul. The old soul is cast off and dies. In those hours of anguish we think that all is at an end. And the whole thing begins again. A life dies. Another one has already come into being.

Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell [05.08.10]
-01- It was as if a coldness, almost an icy breath, emanated from her.
-02- At last Eunice smiled. Her eyes remained cold and still, but her mouth moved.
-03- … they spoke of how their love must remain for ever secret, never of course to be consummated. And though they married other people, their passion endured and was whispered of as something profound and indefinable.
-04- Like all true eccentrics, he thought other people very odd.
-05- She spoke to no one about her emotions or her views on life.
-06- …selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
-07- ‘Some people like being alone.’ He looked vaguely round his room, at the heap of orange clothes, the muddle of books and dictionaries, the stacks of half-finished essays on subjects not in the Magnus Wythen curriculum. He loved it. It was better than anywhere else except possibly the London Library…But they won’t let you rent a room in the London Library, or Giles would have been at the top of their housing list.
-08- She also suffered from a particular form of paranoia. She projected her feelings on to the Lord. … It was not she who found fault with [people] and hated them, but God; not she but God on whom they had inflicted imaginary injuries.
-09- Norman was one of those people—and they are legion—whose ambition is to keep a country pub or shop. He had never lived in the country or run a grocer’s, but that was what he wanted.
-10- Friendship often prospers best when one party is sure she has the ascendancy over the other.
-11- Melinda was not expected home, and Giles didn’t count. It was rather like having harmless resident ghost… It stalked the place, but it didn’t bother you or damage things, and on the whole it kept quietly to the confines of the haunted room.
-12- The admonitions of those who seldom remonstrate are more effective than the commands of naggers.

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