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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Susan Vreeland

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“Everybody works . . . . That's what life is. Work and a little play and a lot of prayer.”

“In the end, it's only the moments that we have, the kiss on the palm, the joint wonder at the furrowed texture of a fir trunk or at the infinitude of grains of sand in a dune. Only the moments.”

“If two people love the same thing, she reasoned, then they must love each other, at least a little, even if they never say it.”

“How love builds itself unconsciously, he thought, out of the momentous ordinary.”

“Work is love made plain, whether man’s work or woman’s work.”

“In the end, it's only the moments that we have.”

“People who would be that close to her, she thought, a matter of a few arms' lengths, looking, looking, and they would never know her.”

“The winsome lilt of Digna humming in the garden. Her knowing, almost teasing look, not quite a smile, when she knew she had the upper hand about something, and his willing acquiescence. Her coaxing in the dark next to him - What was your favorite part of the day? - to which he'd always say, because he always thought it - now, touching you. He'd feel the lump of truth form in his throat, the swell of love in his loins. And afterward, the peace of her rhythmic breathing, steady as a Frisian clock, her simple uncomposed lullaby. Those are things he would, in some final, stretched-out moment, relive. How love builds itself unconsciously, he thought, out of the momentous ordinary.”

“This girl, when she became a woman, would risk all, sacrifice all, overlook and endure all in order to be one with her beloved.”

“The painting showed she did not yet know that lives end abruptly, that much of living is repetition and separation, that buttons forever need re-sewing no matter how ferociously one works the thread, that nice things almost happen.”

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Book Keywords:

love, work

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