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
merely reared his children as best he could, and in terms of the affection his children felt for him, his best was indeed good: he was never too tired to play Keep-Away; he was never too busy to invent marvelous stories; he was never too absorbed in his own problems to listen earnestly to a tale of woe; every night he read aloud to them until his voice cracked.
His wit was hatpin sharp; he was absentminded; he was a bachelor but gave the impression of harboring amusing memories; he possessed a yellow cat nineteen years old; he was incomprehensible to most of Maycomb County because his conversation was colored with subtle allusions to Victorian obscurities.
“Calpurnia used to say, when Jem and I’d beg her for coffee, that it’d turn us black like her. Are you worn with me?”
We grew up in each other’s pockets
If you did not want much, there was plenty.
“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
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Rest well, Jem.
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“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.”
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Young ladies sketched, did watercolors, wrote short paragraphs of imaginative prose.
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He suffered her embrace and returned it as best he could.
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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.
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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.
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She was a person who, when confronted with an easy way out, always took the hard way.
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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.
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