Thursday Quotables: Unthinkable


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!

“It was so frustrating for Minnie in Faerie,” Fenella said. “I couldn’t understand her at first, but she said it was like being intellectually starved. She even asked Padraig for books. She couldn’t help herself.”

“I’m sure he didn’t get her any books,” said Lucy tightly.

“But he did,” said Fenella. “Everything from poetry to scientific treatises to philosophy and literature. Something new every single week, for eighteen years.”

“Really? I’m surprised he –”

“Just for the pleasure of keeping them where Minnie could see them. Where she could read their titles, but nothing more. Often, he would read a page or two aloud to her. He always knew what she’d find particularly involving or fascinating or moving. Then he’d stop at the best part, rip out that page, and burn it.”

Source: Unthinkable
Author: Nancy Werlin
Dial Books, 2013

Shudder. Can you think of anything more dastardly? Most. Horrible. Villain. Ever.

If you want to know more about Unthinkable, you can read my review here.

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

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11 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Unthinkable

  1. As I was reading the quote I was thinking, “This guy must be awesome, getting her all those amazing books!” When he ripped out the page he ripped out my heart. Grah!

    • LOL – exactly! I started thinking, “Hmm, at least he’s considerate enough to get her some good reading material to pass the time…” and then AAAAAGH.

  2. Pingback: Thursday Quotables #1 | We're All Mad Here

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