Favorite paragraphs and sentences from The Secret History

p. 197

” ‘It’s a terrible thing, what we did,’ said Francis abruptly.  ‘I mean, this man was not Voltaire that we killed.  But still.  It’s a shame.  I feel bad about it.’

‘Well, of course, I do too,’ said Henry matter-of-factly.  ‘But not bad enough to want to go to jail for it.’

Francis snorted and poured himself another shot of whiskey and drank it straight off.  ‘No,’ he said.  ‘Not that bad.’

p. 376

“An old shoe was lying on the asphalt in front of the loading dock, where the ambulance had been only minutes before.  It wasn’t Bunny’s shoe.  I don’t know whose it was or how it got there.  It was just an old tennis shoe lying on its side.  I don’t know why I remember that now, or why it made such an impression on me.” [End of chapter]

p. 512

“And I know I said earlier that he was perfect but he wasn’t perfect, far from it; he could be silly and vain and remote and often cruel and still we loved him, in spite of, because.”

p. 533

“It was Charles.  He stood in the doorway, blinking drunkenly around the room, and I was so surprised and glad to see him that it was a moment before I realized that he had a gun.”

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