Thursday Quotables: Bellman & Black


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

His mother was dead: he had seen the body; yet this knowledge refused to find a settled place in his mind. It came and went, surprised him every time he chanced upon it, and there were a million reasons not to believe it. His mother was dead, but look: here were her clothes and here her teacups, here her Sunday hat on the shelf over the coat hook. His mother was dead, but hark: the garden gate! Any moment now she would come through the door.

Source: Bellman & Black
Author: Diane Setterfield
Atria, 2013

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
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  • Have a quote to share but not a blog post? Leave your quote in the comments.
  • Have fun!

7 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Bellman & Black

    • Thanks! I’m about 60% through the book right now, and it’s all so atmospheric. It’s definitely building toward something — although I don’t know what yet!

  1. I’m not sure I could handle “hark: the garden gate!” Maybe this one’s not for me, lol. Are you enjoying it? It seems to be on a lot of blogs at the moment, lots of people are looking forward to it. 🙂

    • I’m enjoying it so far — although I have no idea where it’s actually going. The writing is lovely. (Yeah, I can see the “hark” being a bit off-putting, 🙂 but as a whole, it works!). I know everybody loved The Thirteenth Tale by this author, which I haven’t read yet, but I think that’s why everyone was so excited for this one!

    • I really need to read The Thirteenth Tale– have you read it? So many people have recommended it to me over the years. Her writing is lovely, but I haven’t quite figured out how I feel about this book as a whole yet. Thanks for stopping by!

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