As the story begins, Dolores Claiborne is in a police interrogation and wants to make clear to the police that she did not kill her wealthy employer, an elderly woman named Vera Donovan whom she has looked after for years. She does, however, confess to the murder of her husband, Joe St.... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
As the story begins, Dolores Claiborne is in a police interrogation and wants to make clear to the police that she did not kill her wealthy employer, an elderly woman named Vera Donovan whom she has looked after for years. She does, however, confess to the murder of her husband, Joe St. George, almost 30 years before. Her "confession" develops into the story of her life, her troubled marriage, and her relationship with her employer.
Unlike many other works by King, there is little focus on the supernatural; the only such event in the book is a psychic vision.
“The trouble with bein innocent is you're more or less stuck with the truth.”Dolores Claiborne
“Sometimes you have to be a high-riding bitch to survive,” she says. “Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto. ”Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
everything I did, I did for love ... the love a natural mother feels for her children. That’s the strongest love there is in the world, and it’s the deadliest. There’s no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
runnin won’t solve your problems if you’ve been hurt bad enough—wherever you run, you take your head n your heart with you,Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
I’m just an old woman with a foul temper and a fouler mouth, but that’s what happens, more often than not, when you’ve had a foul life.Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
“An accident,” she says in a clear voice almost like a schoolteacher’s, “is sometimes an unhappy woman’s best friend.”Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
In the end the bright colors always go out of life, have you ever noticed that? In the end things always look gray, like a dress that’s been warshed too many times.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Time’s a reach, too, you know, just like the one that lies between the islands and the mainland, but the only ferry that can cross it is memory, and that’s like a ghost-ship—if you want it to disappear, after awhile it will.Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
most of what bein human’s about is makin choices and payin the bills when they come due.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
I don’t know where she got her idears, but I do know she was a prisoner of them.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
The road to hell’s paved with good intentions, they say, and I know it’s true. I know it from bitter experience. What I don’t know is why—why it is that tryin to do good so often leads to ill. That’s for wider heads than mine, I guess.Highlighted by 5 Kindle customers
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