Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Finished - Subtitle: I Sure Wish Our President Read

Well, it took me a lot less time (as opposed to Moby Dick) to finish "The Secret Life of Bees," by Sue Monk Kidd. Here are some of the final quotes that resonated for me. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments:

From Page 167:
The sting shot pain all the way to my elbow, causing me to marvel at how much punishment a minuscule creature can inflict.
From Page 178:
The man holding the shovel handle walked right up to the truck bumper and stared at the boys with that same half smile, half sneer I had seen on T. Ray's face a thousand times, the sort of look conjured from power without benefit of love...
From Page 277:
People, in general, would rather die than forgive. It's that hard. If God said in plain language, "I'm giving you a choice, forgive or die," a lot of people would go ahead and order their coffin.
From Page 278:
I wished she'd been smart enough, or loving enough, to realize everbody has burdens that crush them, only they don't give up their children.
From Page 279:
It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.
From Page 286:
May caught her killing a roach with a flyswatter. She said, "Deborah Fontanel, every living creature on the earth is special. You want to be the one that puts an end to one of them?" Then she showed her how to make a trail of marshmallows and graham crackers.
I don't know about you, but this last one makes me sure wish that our president bothered to read. All these quotes bend around our current situation like a double edged, serrated blade.

6 comments:

Martian Anthropologist said...

every living creature on the earth is special. You want to be the one that puts an end to one of them?

In my opinion, what Bush and a lot of people lack is EMPATHY. It's really hard to mis-treat people when you have that gift.

The Bulldog Manifesto said...

Wait a minute, Bush DOES read. I heard he read My Pet Goat on 9/11 while the towers came down.

Nedhead said...

What is even more special about Bush is I heard that he can read books upside down!

In addition to empathy (which is hard for anyone), this administration lacks compassion and rational thought (which are not hard for anyone).

Right On! said...

Congratulations, I can photoshop books in people's hands too! Research the upside down book... it's been a proven hoax.

"this last one makes me sure wish that our president bothered to read."

Sorry to say, but I think if you sat down with Bush one on one, he'd probably surprise you. Dialect is not of direct relation to Intellect. I know many people that are brilliant but have a THICK southern accent. Get off your high horse.

windspike said...

Dear RO,

I am only on a high horse if you put me there. I can't climb off something you created and I didn't get up on myself.

Incidentially, W admits he doesn't read. That's my point. You brought up dialect, not me. Moreover, I don't hold any bias against people who speak with any kind of dialect.

PS. Have you sat down with the president? I haven't nor do I think I would get the chance given the fact he doesn't even have to courage to meet with a mother suffering the grief of loosing her son in a war that has yet to be justified.

Nedhead said...

Ahh, RO demonstrating neocon lack of sense of humor and desire to throw personal insults.

Nothin' like a Texas drawl from a Massachusetts Yankee.