Thursday Quotables: Ross Poldark

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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!

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Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
(published 1945 )

I was originally going to go with a more action-oriented passage or quote, but this little paragraph caught my attention instead. I love how visual the description is:

The formal dance went on. The soft yellow candle light trembled over the colours of the dresses, the gold and cream, the salmon and the mulberry. It made the graceful and the beautiful more charming, the graceless and the ungainly tolerable; it smoothed over the tawdry and cast soft creamy-grey shadows becoming to all.

I really like the mood created, painting a picture of an enchanted evening. The rest of the paragraph is as follows:

The band scraped away, the figures pirouetted, moving and bowing and stepping, turning on heels, holding hands, pointing toes; the shadows intermingled and changed, forming and reforming intricate designs of light and shade, like some gracious depictment of the warp and woof of life, sun and shadow, birth and death, a slow interweaving of the eternal pattern.

Anyone else watching Poldark on TV? The landscape alone can make me sigh…

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

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • 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 (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
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14 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Ross Poldark

  1. Lovely description! I haven’t watched Poldark yet, but now I’m seriously thinking about it 🙂

  2. Great quotes! They’re really vivid, sounds like a lovely book 😀 I hope you’re enjoying it.
    Have a great week,
    Amy x

    • A very lovely book! The writer has such a gift for descriptions — he makes me feel like I can see everything he’s describing, and does so without getting boring. 🙂 (Just started book #2 — and I’m really enjoying that one too!)

      • It’s great when that happens 😀 I love it when you find a series you really click with! Makes reading that little bit more worth it 😉 true gems x

  3. Such wonderful quotes! I am watching Poldark right now and I absolutely love it! Poldark and Demelza are my new favorite couple and the landscapes used in the show are just breathtaking. I am hoping to get my hands on the books as soon as possible.

    • Oh my gosh yes, I love everything about the show, and Ross and Demelza are so fabulous together (and so, so pretty), Plus, those landscapes, and the sea, and the waves… bliss! After watching the first two episodes, I absolutely had to read the books. (Just started #2 today!). Thanks so much for commenting!

      • I honestly can’t get enough of Ross and Demleza either. Definitely have a crush on Aidan Turner and even the actress who plays Demelza. Hope you enjoy the second book as much as the first! Need to get my hands on them SOON!!

    • Oh yes, that’s something that really attracted me to the paragraph. I like the unusual colors – salmon and mulberry – and I’m trying to picture elegant women swirling around in these dresses.

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