Monday, March 1, 2010

Line By Line: E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

"And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery."

"Everybody that went away suffered a broken heart. "I'm coming back some day," they all wrote. But never did. The old life was too small to fit anymore."

"Home after midnight from a debate on the wording of a minor municipal bylaw on bottle recycling, he felt like he was a pin in the hinge of power."

"A spinning coin, still balanced on its rim, may fall in either direction."

"If life was an arc of light that began in darkness, ended in darkness, the first part of his life had happened in ordinary glare. Here it was as though he
had found a polarized lens that deepened and intensified all seen through it."

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