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"Abraham's leaking now, a sticky slather of blood gathered at his belt, but he's still running and getting ready to fire his First Shot of the War. His rifle is wavering, they haven't really explained this bit, that running & shooting is quite different to standing & shooting and that running & shooting while being shot at is for obvious reasons, chaps, not taught at all."
"Once when I answered that Emily Dickinson capitalized, Mrs Quinty told me Emily Dickinson was not A Good Example, that she was a Peculiar Case, and the way she said it you knew she regretted it right away because there was a little flinching around her mouth and you could tell she had already joined the dots and remembered Swains are pretty much the definition of peculiar. And so I never did ask her about what it meant to write like man."
"My father was landed in May. He swam out after fourteen hours of labour, was not yet dried of the birthwaters when Grandfather Abraham appeared in the nursery like strange weather, jutted the Swain jaw to study his only male progeny, and ask what weight? And in that moment, like a pinch of salt, he passed on the Impossible Standard. He called his son Virgil. Honest to God. Virgil."
"I am going to read them all because that is where I will find him."
"Aeney doesn't want to imagine. He wants the real thing. He wants to be there. 'Tell us more.' 'I will,' Dad says. 'But just get to the island now. Just arrive. Tomorrow I'll tell you about Mr Silver. 'Mr Silver?' 'Shsh. Lie back.' 'But who is he?' 'His name was John. We called him Long, even though he wasn't.'"
"He doesn't know his heart attack is on the way. He doesn't know he has only time to get the thatch finished, the turf home, and two horses shod. Jaykers God, Tommy says. But he was a fine figure of a man. Ah well. That's where Tommy's history ends."
"The village has three pubs, all of which the Minister for Fixing Things Not Broken wiped out when the drink-driving laws changed and petrol stations started selling Polish Beer. Clohessy's, Kenny's and Cullen's are all ghost pubs now. They have about seven customers between them, some of whom are still living. Seamus Clohessy says one roll of toilet paper does for a month."
"Despite the efforts of the Tourist Board, Ireland, in those days were not in Top Ten Countries to Visit, and for English people it was all but verboten as the Pope would say. Ireland? Catholics and murderers, the Reverend would have thought. Ungrateful blackguards, we had not the slightest appreciation for the eight hundred years of civilised rule of His Majesty and to show our true colours once the English had departed we'd set about killing each other with hatchets, slash hooks and hedge shears. Ireland? Better that Abraham was in Hell."
"My father took the bait. He liked being singled out. You'll already know he liked feeling that he was rising. He didn't mind the hook in his mouth."
"There are people - even otherwise logical and clear-minded people - who believe that we are born with a predisposition to behave as, well, humans. That is, that we are born with a certain set of desires or tendencies - the tendency, say, to be sociable with others, or to share with others, or to communicate with others. (These are also the people who believe in such concepts as good and evil and enjoy debating whether man is one or the other.) But although this is a pretty notion, it is fundamentally untrue."
"...all ethics or morals are culturally relative. And Esme's reaction taught me that while cultural relativism is an easy concept to process intellectually, it is not, for many, an easy one to remember."
"...recently I had found my thoughts returning, again and again, to the boy, and how I had felt when I was with him, and how fervently I had hoped and tried to recapture that sensation, to make that joy part of my daily life - that was why I had brought them here. That was what I had wanted from them."
"You asked me to keep a diary or daybook. Writing is like talking to yourself, which I have been doing with you all along anyway, Doc. So what's the difference?"