[Ads-l] Quotes from Famous Short Stories

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 25 10:22:29 UTC 2018

<< Ah, the mark on the wall! It was a snail. >>

"The Mark on the Wall." by Virginia Woolf
From: Monday or Tuesday, by Virginia Woolf  (1882-1941).
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., 1921.

(Doubtless, some would insist on a spoiler alert. Otherwise, here's my
second-favorite Mark-on-the-Wall quote:)

<< Yes, one could imagine a very pleasant world. A quiet, spacious world,
with the flowers so red and blue in the open fields. A world without
professors or specialists or house-keepers with the profiles of policemen,
a world which one could slice with one’s thought as a fish slices the water
with his fin, grazing the stems of the water-lilies, hanging suspended over
nests of white sea eggs.... How peaceful it is drown here, rooted in the
centre of the world and gazing up through the grey waters, with their
sudden gleams of light, and their reflections—if it were not for Whitaker’s
Almanack—if it were not for the Table of Precedency! >>


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