Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Quotes: Small Town (2)

Small town       105         "In her innocence she had not known that the whole town could discuss even her garments, her body; she felt that she was being dragged naked down Main Street." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Small town       110         "She reverted to her resolution to change the town—awaken it, prod it, 'reform' it; what if they were wolves instead of lambs? They’d eat her all the sooner if she was meek…fight or be eaten…easier to change the town completely than to conciliate it." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Small town       115         "Miles Bjornstam, half Yank and half Swede: Usually known as ‘that damn lazy big-mouthed calamity-howler that ain’t satisfied with the way we run things.’ " Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Small town       121        "She read Kipling, with a great deal of emphasis: There’s a REGIMENT a-COMING down the GRAND Trunk ROAD…tapped his foot to the rhythm, he looked normal and reassured; but when he complimented her, ‘that was fine; I don’t know but what you can elocute just as good as Ella Stowbody,’ she banged the book and suggested that they were not too late for the nine o’clock show at the movies." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Small town     135         "And as for a lecture hall—haven’t we got the churches?" Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

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