Quotes from “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

“It’s just that I’m so afraid of making a mess of being married to the wrong man—the wrong kind for me, I mean. I’m no different from any other woman, and the wrong man would turn me into a screamin’ shrew in record time.”
I can’t stop you and I mustn’t stop you, Childe Roland.
y there was from the sale of the store—­her funeral expenses took most of it—­he secretly supplemented it with money of his own, and got Henry a j
She sternly repressed a tendency to boisterousness when
“Aunty,” she said, cordially, “why don’t you go pee in your hat?”
You must take all things into account. Henry’s background—”
“—is literally the same as mine. We grew up in each other’s pockets.”
“There’s a drinking streak in that family—”
“Aunty, there’s a drinking streak in every family.”
Alexandra’s back stiffened. “Not in the Finch family.”
“You’re right. We’re just all crazy.”
She wondered how she would behave when her time came to hurt day in and day out. Hardly like Atticus: if you asked him how he was feeling he would tell you, but he never complained
Rest well, Jem.
“Aunty, it’s easy to tell somebody what to do—”
“But very hard to make them do it. That’s the cause of most trouble in this world, people not doing as they’re told.”
Young ladies sketched, did watercolors, wrote short paragraphs of imaginative prose.
He suffered her embrace and returned it as best he could.
On some days he wore two watches: he wore two this day, an ancient watch and chain his children had cut their teeth on, and a wristwatch. The former was habit, the latter was used to tell time when he could not move his fingers enough to dig in his watchpocket.
She was almost in love with him. No, that’s impossible, she thought: either you are or you aren’t. Love’s the only thing in this world that is unequivocal.
She was a person who, when confronted with an easy way out, always took the hard way.
She was easy to look at and easy to be with most of the time, but she was in no sense of the word an easy person.
The only remedy for this is not to let it beat you
Her favorite game was golf because its essential principles consisted of a stick, a small ball, and a state of mind.
Hardly like Atticus: if you asked him how he was feeling he would tell you, but he never complained
he always told his daughter the rest of it, quietly and solemnly, but Jean Louise sometimes thought she detected an unmistakably profane glint in Atticus Finch’s eyes, or was it merely the light hitting his glasses? She never knew.
When she dressed, she put on her Maycomb clothes: gray slacks, a black sleeveless blouse, white socks, and loafers. Although it was four hours away, she could hear her aunt’s sniff of disapproval.
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