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Margaret Atwood

Surfacing

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    Spooky Donnaцитуєторік
    give up the old belief that I am powerless and because of it nothing I can do will ever hurt anyone
    Spooky Donnaцитуєторік
    I rehearsed emotions, naming them: joy, peace, guilt, release, love and hate, react, relate; what to feel was like what to wear, you watched the others and memorized it. But the only thing there was the fear that I wasn't alive:
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    I watch him, my love for him useless as a third eye or a possibility.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    He has realized he was an intruder; the cabin, the fences, the fires and paths were violations; now his own fence excludes him, as logic excludes love.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    She is locked in, she isn't allowed to eat or shit or cry or give birth, nothing goes in, nothing comes out. She takes her clothes off or puts them on, paper doll wardrobe, she copulates under strobe lights with the man's torso while his brain watches from its glassed-in control cubicle at the other end of the room, her face twists into poses of exultation and total abandonment, that is all. She is not bored, she has no other interests.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    It was all right as long as they stuck to dead things, the dead can defend themselves, to be half dead is worse.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    Rump on a packsack, harem cushion, pink on the cheeks and black discreetly around the eyes, as red as blood as black as ebony, a seamed and folded imitation of a magazine picture that is itself an imitation of a woman who is also an imitation, the original nowhere, hairless lobed angel in the same heaven where God is a circle, captive princess in someone's head.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    Saving the world, everyone wants to; men think they can do it with guns, women with their bodies, love conquers all, conquerors love all, mirages raised by words.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    I was asking Are the Americans worse than Hitler.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    f you tell your children God doesn't exist they will be forced to believe you are the god, but what happens when they find out you are human after all, you have to grow old and die?
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    Fear has a smell, as love does.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    One girl told me she had prayed for a Barbara Ann Scott doll with figure skates and swansdown trim on the costume and she got it for her birthday; so I decided to pray too, not like the Lord's Prayer or the fish prayer but for something real. I prayed to be made invisible, and when in the morning everyone could still see me I knew they had the wrong God.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    Being socially retarded is like being mentally retarded, it arouses in others disgust and pity and the desire to torment and reform.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    A divorce is like an amputation, you survive but there's less of you.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    Anaesthesia, that's one technique: if it hurts invent a different pain.
    Marina Averinaцитуєторік
    "If you close your mind in advance like that you wreck it. What you need is flow."
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