‘The Poisonwood Bible quotes

This place is as familiar to her now as a living room in the house of a life she never bargained for. 6


Why, Dr Livingstone, I presume, wasn’t he the rascal! He and all profiteers who’ve since walked out on Africa as a husband quits a wife, leaving her with her naked body curled around the emptied-out mine of her womb. 10


We would all have to escape Africa by a different route. Some of us are in the ground now and some are above it, but we’re all women, made of the same scarred earth. 101 -2


Pure and unblemished souls must taste very bland, with an aftertaste of bitterness. 154


The substance of grief is not imaginary. It’s as real as a rope or absence of air, and like both of these things it can kill. My body understands there was no safe place for me to be. 433


My little beast, my eyes, my favourite stolen egg. Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, we have only found sorrow. 438


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