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The Reckoning

Sharon Kay Penman

Top 10 Best Quotes

“I’ll admit that my garden now grows hope in lavish profusion, leaving little room for anything else. I suppose it has squeezed out more practical plants like caution and common sense. Still, though, hope does not flourish in every garden, and I feel thankful it has taken root in mine.”

“During the day, memories could be held at bay, but at night, dreams became the devil's own accomplices.”

“What is forgiveness worth without trust?”

“Tonight," he said, "we shall get quietly and thoroughly memory of all that was lost. And on the morrow, I begin the struggle to win it back.”

“if a man is a fool to wed for love, he must be utterly daft to wed for lust. No one with sense would expect a candle to burn forever, so why should a flame kindled in bed?”

“Five years is a long time to grieve," Llewelyn said at last, and Davydd shook his head. "Grief heals," he said. "Guilt does not.”

“De Mortimer was willing to wager his hopes for salvation that self-interest was the one drink no man refused, but he had never understood why most men must sweeten it so lavishly ere they could swallow it.”

“...what an unfair advantage the dead had over the living, for there could be no rebuttal, no denial, nothing but the accusing silence of the grave.”

“We'd become aliens in our own land," he'd warned, "denied our own laws, our own language, even our yesterdays, for a conquered people are not allowed a prideful past. Worst of all, we'd be leaving our children and grandchildren a legacy of misery and loss, a future bereft of hope.”

“Marriage was a Sacrament, yet these festivities more often resembled pagan rites than Christian nuptials.”

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Book Keywords:

memories, colonialism, princes, silence, hope, struggles, dreams, garden, nightmares, wales, war, graves, england, drunkenness, dead

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