“"Do you know what you'll think about when you can't sleep in your double bed? ...You will think how every day you are getting a little closer to death. It will stand there as close as the bedroom wall. And you'll become more and more afraid of the wall because nothing can prevent you coming nearer and nearer to it every night... My dear Henry, if you live with us, you won't be edging day by day across to any last wall. The wall will find you of its own accord without your help, and every day you live will seem to you a kind of victory."”Aunt Augusta, predicting a boring future for Henry, hoping he'll choose a life of adventure instead
“"Beer is much more intoxicating drunk through a straw.""But that is only a legend.""There speaks a Protestant. Any Catholic knows that a legend which is believed has the same value and effect as the truth. Look at the cult of the saints.""But the <customers> may be Protestants.""Then we produce medical evidence. That is the modern form of the legend. The toxic effect of imbibing alcohol through a straw..."”Mr. Visconti and a potential business partner
“"They were dancing a slow waltz now and they never saw me enter, two old people bound in the deep incurable egotism of passion."”Henry
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