Jun 7 2011 4:30pm

“I Never Asked You to Give Me Your Heart”: The Quotes That Slay Me

The Scarlet PimpernelI discovered Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel in movie form, in 10th grade World History CP. We watched it for who knows what reason, and the entire class was just all, “that’s Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman! And she looks 12! This is nuts!” Also there was that silly poem that Percy would quote.

But then I read the book (as most of us would, right? Plus I was all about the classics at the time).

But this part. This part. You can’t not be moved by it. Or you have no soul. There’s no in between. Ready? Brace yourselves. You don’t even need to know the premise of the book. (It’s set during the French Revolution. I’ll give you that.)

“Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have sen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear—a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footsteps had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, where her tiny hand had rested last.”

Gah. Just...gah. So, if that didn’t get you, imagine a couple once in love, but she now scorns him. He’s playing a part, and acts the foppish dandy, and everyone thinks he’s...well, quite pretty, but stupid. Very stupid. She, on the other hand, is bright and witty and beautiful, and she had thought him amusing but now she only holds disgust for him. Imagine his pain and angst! Imagine! And he loves her so!

On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia VoigtOK, now here’s another. I discovered On Fortune’s Wheel in sixth grade, and have re-read this book at least a dozen times. It’s written by Cynthia Voigt, and this book (and author) are reasons I’m so prickly about YA discussions. As if it was a genre that didn’t exist until recently. Well, excuse me, because otherwise what the hell was *I* reading as a kid? Ugh.

Anyway, forget about that, we’re talking happy things here. It’s medieval fantasy, with Earls and Kings, but they’re more like city states. And it’s a time when teenagers (fourteen to sixteen), primarily girls, are betrothed and married off. Birle is an Innkeeper’s daughter. Orien is the man who would be Earl. They meet while leaving the Kingdom, and are captured by slavers. She’s been in love with him from the beginning, while he just views her as a companion who tagged along. At least initially. It shows here, when they’re on the slave ship:

“So you know what they mean to do with us?” Orien asked.

“Yes.” They were to be sold. They were to be parted. “What was her name?” Birle asked. “The bride your father took from you, what was her name?”

“Melisaune,” he said. “Why would you want to know that? Birle, you don’t think that it was because of her —? Only a girl would do that, throw everything over for love. That’s a girl’s reason, not —” He stopped speaking. Birle said nothing.

“You have been a fool, haven’t you?” he asked.

He shouldn’t mock her, she thought. She thought to answer him yes, and let him know she thought as little of him as he thought of her. Aye, and then he’d make her betray herself, along with all the other ill he’d brought her. “No, my Lord. I have not,” she said, and turned her back to him. Let him understand that however he wished.

They’re sold to different masters, and meet one night during a feast. This is what’s finally said after he initially avoids her. When they do speak, he reveals he’s been sold to the mines (which is essentially a death sentence) and leaves:

“I wouldn’t have us part thus,“ he said. His bellflower eyes spoke what his words didn’t. “For two who have journeyed so far together, that was an unworthy parting.”
”Aye, it was,“ she agreed. Birle had no more heart for anger. Pity and sorrow were all that were in her heart, and her heart was his. “You deserve better, my Lord.”

”And you deserve the luck you’ve had,“ he said.

As if some giant’s hand  had grabbed her heart and squeezed shut around it, there was pain in Birle’s breast. If she could have gone to the mines in his place — if she could have lived this last terrible year for him — she would have done it. “They call me his maid, in the marketplace. I’ll be safe, I think.”

She didn’t care if she wasn’t.

”I never asked you to give me your heart,“ he reminded her.

”And I have never asked for yours,“ she answered.

”So we make a good parting,“ he said.

He turned, looked back to smile for her, and was gone.

And here, I’m going to spoiler you. Birle risks going into the city after hours (there’s been a curfew because there’s a war) and she goes to the place to find that Orien had been sold to the mines ommediately after the feast.

(Don’t worry, it all ends happily enough.) And the ending is even better. So much better. But I’ll leave that for you to discover on your own.

These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls WilderThis book is one most of you probably have read, These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Almanzo makes a surprise visit over Christmas, even though Laura thought he’d be going home to see his family. Pa had been playing the fiddle and singing.

Laura had retreated to the other end of the room, beside Carrie and Grace.

When Almanzo looked toward them, Grace said, ”I made an extra bag of candy.“

”And I brought some oranges,“ Almanzo answered, taking a paper bag from his overcoat pocket. ”I have a package with Laura’s name on it too, but isn’t she going to speak to me?“

”I can’t believe it is you,“ Laura murmured. ”You said you would be gone all winter.“

”I decided I didn’t want to stay away so long, and as you will speak to me, here is your Christmas gift.“
Laura opened the small package that Almanzo gave her. The white paper unfolded; there was a white box inside. She lifted its lid. There in a nest of soft white cotton lay a gold bar pin. On its flat surface was etched a little house, and before it along the bar lay a tiny lake and a spray of grasses and leaves.

”Oh, it is beautiful,“ she breathed. ”Thank you!“
”Can’t you thank a fellow better than that?“ he asked, and then he put his arms around her while Laura kissed him and whispered, ”I am glad you came back.“

It’s just so sweet, and one of the scenes that stayed with me. I love it.

Anne of the Island by L. M. MontgomeryAnd lastly, this. I got shivery just reading over it again. Shivers. Can you guess what it’s from?

“I have a dream,“ he said slowly. ”I have persisted in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it would never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footstep of friends—and you!“

Anne wanted to speak but she could find no words. Happiness was breaking over her like a wave. It almost frightened her.

”I asked you a question over two years ago, Anne. If I ask it again today will you give me a different answer?“

Still Anne could not speak. But she lifted her eyes, shining with the love-rapture of countless generations, and looked into his for a moment. He wanted no other answer.

After the affirmations of love, and bliss, and all that, Gilbert shares how he felt post-black moment:

”Nothing mattered much to me for a time there; after you told me you could never love me, Anne. There was nobody else—there never could be anybody else for me but you. I’ve loved you ever since the first day you broke your slate over my head in school.”

Now it’s your turn. What books have quotes that haunt you? Which ones have stayed with you through the years? Have you read the books I mentioned? Will you? (You really ought to...). And what suggestions would you offer?


Limecello is a reader, reviewer, lawyer, foodie and discusser of all things random. You can also visit her at her blog or Twitter.

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Lime Cello
1. Limecello
Oh -and the Orien+Birle thing? It's not so skeezy - Orien is only 18. So, just a few years older. Just, you know. Their life expectancy at the time was about half ours. Or less.
2. Vivi
That is favorite passage from Scarlet! A&E updated this and it was ok. I would love to see another adaptation as this book has it all: romance, action and political intrigue.
Lime Cello
3. Limecello
Vivi - ooooohhhhhhh yes!!! I can't believe this isn't a book that's been put to the Silver Screen (recently). Hopefully a new trend will happen what with Jane Eyre.
4. Mo
Ah, Anne and Gilbert. I actually re-read that passage and most of that book several times a year. He does so many things for her - showing her his regard, not telling her - and it always breaks my heart when she doesn't see it for what it is. This moment is so precious.
Carrie Strickler
5. DyslexicSquirrel
I've never heard of any of those books. Okay, I lie, I've heard of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but I've only ever seen the play. I've never read the book or seen the movie.

There's really only one quote that haunts me. It makes me tear up every time I read it. And it's not actually from the book; It's from one of those bits in between chapters. I'm not even a hundred percent sure why it affects me the way it does.

You were firing questions at me today, trying to get inside my head. You asked if I believed in God. I told you of course I do- I've always had a strong sense of self.

Your house is quiet now, you're sleeping upstairs and I'm alone with this blasted, idiotic book that purports to tally the sum of my life, and fact is, maybe I do. But maybe, ka-lyrra, your God doesn't believe in me."

It's from Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning. I bawled my eyes out for a good half hour off and on the first time I read it. I got a little chocked up typing it, for cripe's sake. Gah.

Totally lame, but it stuck with me.
Olivia Waite
6. O.Waite
My number one gut-wrenching declaration scene is Wentworth's letter in Persuasion. I tear up every time!

But Anne/Gilbert and oh, Percy Blakeney/Marguerite! Delicious.
7. JoannaChambers(Tumperkin)
Oh, great post! I'm a watering pot now! I'm going to be predictable and mention Darcy's second declaration in P&P on the basis that I've probably read it more often than any other.
8. brontëgirl
". . . savage, beautiful creature!" from Jane Eyre, Chapter 27, always gets to me, as this passage from Anne's House of Dreams: ". . . as she held out her hand, their eyes met and all doubt was swept away in a glad certainty. They belonged to each other; and, no matter what life might hold for them, it could never alter that. Their happiness was in each other's keeping and both were unafraid" (Chapter 4).
Lime Cello
9. Limecello
Mo - agree. Or... everyone is just so nice to Anne/she thinks that of people. And she simply doesn't see him that way. At least not until it seems to be too late. I liked that she (they) grew into it, rather than just falling in love because they were "supposed" to.

DS - What'd you think? Tempted to read any? And... WHAT?! You've never heard of the Little House books?! Oh I like that. There are some quotes Lisa Kleypas put in Prince of Dreams - the same "in between chapters" things that I loved. Never thought I'd go for Russian poets/writers, but there you have it.

Olivia- YES! O.M.G. I was going to add Wentworth's letter. :P When I first talked about writing this post I mentioned/suggested focusing on Austen, but the editor(s) response was more - that's been covered to death. :X Which... sadly, yeah. But! Wentworth!
11. WandaWolfe
from The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon:
He threw the ball to the puppy a few times more. “You know what I thought the first time I saw you?”
“Point of no return.”
“I knew. I knew from the second I laid eyes on you, everything was going to change.”
I’d had a similar feeling. Granted, I’d expected the change to have something to do with a lengthy prison sentence.
“I don’t even know what it is about you. Why I couldn’t forget you. I tried. Believe me. You’re smart enough, but you’re not a genius. You’re funny, but you’re no comedian. You’re beautiful, but—”
“All this flattery is going straight to my head.”
He didn’t smile, still preoccupied with his own mordant thoughts. I thought of the words of the Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne. “If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”
I said, “You know what I thought the first time I saw you?”
The hard smile he gave reminded me of that first time. “You were scared to death.”
“I was. And I never wanted anything as badly as I wanted you.”
The smile faded. His eyes were wary, waiting.
“And I still am. And I still do.” I drew a breath. “And if you haven’t changed your mind—”
We met halfway.
Lime Cello
12. Limecello
Wanda- oh that's really nice - thanks for sharing it! Loved the quote within the "dialogue" too.
Carrie Strickler
13. DyslexicSquirrel
@Limecello: I heard of the Little House books in general. I don't know the titles of all of them lol.

On Fortune's Wheel sounds interesting. I might have to add some Cynthia Voigt books to my TBR list.

Ah! That's the one Lisa Kleypas book (not counting her contemporaries that I couldn't get into) that I have not read. I keep forgetting to buy it for some dumb reason. I read 14 of her books in a week and a half once going through her back list hahaha.
Lime Cello
14. Limecello
DS - you must read the house books! Well... now you might not like them as much - but with kids, a neice, or something ;)
Cynthia Voigt wrote contemps too - and On Fortune's Wheel is loosely connected to 2(?) other books as well - Jackaroo and ... :X something with a Falcon - obviously I didn't like it as much. OFW is my *favorite*.
lol! I've glommed/binged on LK before too. Prince of Dreams isn't her usual one... and I re-read selectively which I think helps me like it more.
15. wont
The Voight book is new to me, but on my list now.
Agree on the Little House book. I have the set and still read them sometimes. All the books after the original set give a different perspective on her life.

And, I agree with O. Waite, Wentworth's letter tears at my heart everytime. The movie with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root was an outstanding adaptation.
Lime Cello
16. Limecello
Wont, I've read a few written by... is it Laura's son? About her daughter after they moved to the Ozarks, but it's just not the same. I really hope you like the Voigt book. :X Have you ever read her other stuff? Homecoming, Dicey's Song, etc are probably much better known...

I don't think I've seen that movie adaptation, but I have to find it. Gah. Maybe I'll post Wentworth's letter on my own blog :D A little "continuation" post.
17. wont
Laura only had one surviving child, Rose Wilder Lane. (Son died in infancy) Rose was a published author in her own right and quite the eccentric! I will check out the other Voight books, have not read them. You won't regret the movie. I saw one review that described it as a confection! I agree!
Lime Cello
18. Limecello
Wont hmmm :X I think I did know Rose was the only surviving child
(obviously I'd forgotten and mixed up descendents...) - maybe it was the grandson that wrote the books then? Some of the "new" Ozark type ones? In the 90s...I really want to say it was someone somehow related to Laura, which is why they sold. (I wasn't so in love with those books but got them for the sake of "series" etc.)
Oooo movie as confection? I definitely have to see it now! Thanks so much for the recommendation - and it sounds like such a lovely thing to watch on an indulgent weekend!
Rachel Hyland
19. RachelHyland
Cynthia Voight was a preteen obsession of mine; her Tillerman books are among my most-read of all time. I wanted to be Dicey when I was about ten or eleven.

Great list!
Lime Cello
20. Limecello
Rachel - Yes! The Tillerman books! ~2 years ago I started getting all nostalgic about the books I read as a kid, and I've bought nearly the entire collection - I wanted a box set but couldn't find one. I've also got all the little house books, the Austen's family arc by Madeline L'Engle, Patricia C. Wrede's dragon quartet, the two main L.M. Montgomery sets, and of course the Susan Cooper set. And Lloyd Alexander's Black Cauldron books. ... Haha and now that I've info dumped you... sorry. Obviously these books, and the ones I read as a kid make me really excited.
21. brontëgirl
I forgot to say earlier I liked the quote from These Happy Golden Years, one of my favorite books of the series. One cute scene is when they're talking about setting the wedding date sooner to escape a big wedding and she says "If we are married so soon I won't have a wedding dress" and he says "Wear the one you have on. It is pretty" and she says, laughing, "This is a calico work dress. I couldn't possibly!" Rose Wilder Lane didn't have any children; it was a friend (Roger Lea McBride, if memory serves) who wrote the "sequel" books.
Lime Cello
22. Limecello
brontëgirl - Rose didn't have kids? Dammit! Hahaha I'm so terrible. >.nversation too. Super cute. And how Almonzo knows Laura untucked the lap blanket in the carriage to scare Nellie. And when he goes to pick Laura up and bring her home every weekend when she's teaching... (although that's an earlier book, right?) Awweeee.
23. EC Sheedy
"I’ve loved you ever since the first day you broke your slate over my head in school.” LM Montgomery

This reminds me of why I came to read romance in the first place. The love, the longing, the vulnerability, and finally the courage to speak about the most perilous of human emotions. Love.

Great post, Limecello
24. brontëgirl
@Limecello, Nope, Rose didn't have any kids. It was in the same book, just earlier, when he picks her up from teaching. And yeah, the look they exchange--something about "She let her eyes twinkle at him"--when she knows he knows she let the lap blanket flutter to scare the horses on purpose--is cute :). And after he gives her the ring and she's too shy to tell her folks that she loves him but they can tell anyway :)
25. Jennifer R
I love Sidonie's letter to Imriel in Kushiel's Justice. Starts out kind of funny (talking about how she had been trying to write a Great Epic Love Letter and failing miserably at it, so if he was expecting anything praising love's scepter, prepare to be disappointed), and then gets heartbreakingly poignant just talking about how she misses him while she goes about her day.
Janet Schneider
26. Janet Schneider
Thanks for reminding me! To me, by far the best Scarlet Pimpernel ever was Douglas Sills in the Broadway musical version. Brilliantly sigh -worthy.
27. Josie R.
The book is by Catherine Anderson, Summer Breeze. At the end of the book - there is a letter from the "hero" , Joseph, to Rachel, the "heroine" when he is in his 90's and near his death. I bawl everytime I read it. It is soo touching and beautiful. He talks about how much he loves her and that he'll be waiting for her. It is my favorite book by her.
Louise Partain
28. Louise321
Captain Christopher Phelan
1st Battalion Rifle Brigade
Cape Mapan

June 1855

Dearest Christopher,

I can’t write to you again.

I’m not who you think I am.

I didn’t mean to send love letters but that is what they became. On their way to you, my words turned into heartbeats on the page.

Come back. Please come home and find me.


Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

I never thought I could enjoy a romance with Beatrix Hathaway with her myriad of quirks, but this has to be one of my very favorites.

@Janet Schneider I second the *SIGH* for Douglas Sills. I got to see him in the road show version.

@Vivi the A&E adaptations I think covered a number of Baroness Orczy's books about the Pimpernel. I like both the original screen version with Merle Oberon and Leslie Howard and the made for TV version with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour. Neither one, unfortunately show the step kissing scene.
Lime Cello
29. Limecello
Hi EC - And I love that you write romances! Thanks! Oh Gilbert. He definitely was *not* nice to Anne at first. Gosh - all this is making me want to re-read the series. But I'm already so behind!

brontëgirl - okok, obviously I haven't done my re-read of the series in too long! What I remember from the teaching days is the snowball fight, and the crazy lady she's boarding with threatening her husband with a knife. O_o
The twinkly eyes :D Only LIW could pull that off. Oh, and the ring, when Ma says "don't just marry him for the horses!" And Laura says she couldn't do without one or the other. Hee!

Jennifer - I love things like that. I'm going to have to hunt Justice down... it sounds so familiar but isn't "clicking" with me at the moment. Thanks for sharing!

Janet - oh. my. gosh. THANK YOU for that link. I... yeah think I'm going to have to re-read the book. Their romance! Ahhh the well, everything. Complexities, misunderstandings. Haha. The campiness ;) Haha. Musical. Love it.

Josie - Wow. I almost got chills reading that description. Lovely - and that's what romance is about!

Louise - EEEEEeeeeee I love Lisa Kleypas! Also I think I'm super missing out on not knowing much about Douglas Sills.

The STEP KISSING SCENE! I think it's just... it'd be so difficult to pull off. But if actually managed? Would go down in cinematic history. Really.
30. wont
Actually Rose married and had a child, a son, but he died in infancy. I believe it was when she lived in California. I was shocked to learn that not everything was included in the Little House books. Laura had a brother, I think when they lived in Iowa, but he died at about two years old. He was before Grace. Also, there were other towns they lived in. And, Almanzo had a brother older than Royal. He was just left out of the story!
Lime Cello
31. Limecello
Wont - hm, I'm surprised that Laura's brother never was mentioned... but I did know Almanzo had other brothers and siblings - it's just Royal and was it Eliza? Were the only siblings that went out west right? And Eliza went home again?
Lime Cello
32. Limecello
Wont - also - this is totally shallow... but Almanzo was cute! (haha I just googled him.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almanzo_Wilder see?! :D
33. wont
Weelll...I have seen this photo before. Maybe if he has smiled. Yes, Eliza & Royal moved west. Eliza did not stay. Looks like Alice died quite early. When I read of all the additional moves Laura's family made, I think she polished it a bit. Her dad was something of an adventurer. Not sure why they left out the brother.
Lime Cello
34. Limecello
Awe - wont, I think Almanzo is handsome. :) Didn't they not like smiling in photos then? Probably why the Native Americans felt it stole your soul ;)
Carrie Strickler
35. DyslexicSquirrel
@Louise: Love in the Afternoon was such a good book. It was one of my favortie of the Hathaway books if not one of my favorite Kleypas books in general.

@Limecello: I might get the Little House books for one of my goddaughters when they get older. They're only 3 and 3 months right now lol.
36. wont
Well, I'm sure Almanzo had a nice personality. :::covers eyes:::
37. BrittneyBelle
Wow! I love all the quotes. My reading list just grew by a ton!

I know that this is a childish one, but I think that Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted is one of the most romantic books I've ever read. (don't watch the movie though, bleh.) I read it about once a year, especially from the letter's to the end. If you don't know the story, it's basically a take on Cinderella (which I usually don't love), where Ella has been cursed from birth to always be obedient. She grows older and hides her curse until her mother dies and her evil stepsisters and stepmother realize that she always does as told. She meets the prince and they fall in love. The part that always gets to me is the letter that Char (the prince) writes to her.
Dear Ella,
Impatience is not usually one of my weaknesses. But your letters torment me. They make me long to saddle my horse and ride to Frell, where I would make you explain yourself.
He goes on to say...
What a beautiful bride you'll be, whomever you marry at whatever age. And what a queen if I am the man! Who has your grace? Your expression? Your voice? I could extol your virtues endlessly, but I want you to finish reading and answer me quickly.
Love (it is such a relief to pen the word), love, love --
The ending is absolutely heart-wrenching, but I don't want to spoil it for you. If you haven't read it, do so! It's pretty short and an easy read so treat yourself for an evening.
Lime Cello
38. Limecello
Brittney - yes! I've read Ella Enchanted - in fact, the year it was published as part of the Newberry project! I've read a few other GCL books, but felt Ella was her best. I like it - :X but it doesn't quite make the "zomg *dies*" list like these other books/quotes.
Did the previous of the movie scare you off for Ella Enchanted? They drove me nuts :\ And I even like(d) Anne Hathaway!
Brittney Smith
39. BrittneyBelle
No I saw the movie. And it was a total gagfest. Evil uncle? Talking snake? "Poisoned" crown with plumes of green smoke wafting off? (how do you even poison a crown?)
Lime Cello
40. Limecello
BB - (wow am I lazy. Sorry.) Haha I meant previews, not previous O_o which I tried to type again. What? Poisoned crown?
I... feel like it'd be a good movie to watch with a group of friends and turn into a drinking game. Which... is kinda sad but has great "fun" potential!
41. Anette
Eloisa James was breaking my heart in Potent Pleasures - the scene where Charlotte gives birth and he and Alex have been gone from eachother for several months because of an misunderstanding (he thinks the baby is his twin brother's and that she's been unfaithful). Finally Alex returns home, on the day she gives birth and when she sees him, she says: (I've taken away some of the descriptions for shorter citing):

"No! No! No!. He's only here to take my baby! Make him leave.!"
Her voice broke off as she stumpled against the bedpost, swallowed into a great slashing wave of pain. Alex starred at his wife in horror. Had he been blind? She was wearing a light shift, drenched with perspiration. The swollen outline of her belly was clearly visible.
"Please... Please make him go away!"
Oh my god, she's in pain, Alex thought.
"Go away". "Please, please, go away" Charlotte said.
She broke down and started weeping.
"It's all right, darling. I won't let him take your baby. I'm here" was Sophies soothing words.
And, as the door swung to, he heard a wailing scream. charlotte had been hit by another contraction.

Alex stood outside the door, struck to the core witht he enormity of his own idiocy. His wife - his wife! - was delivering his child, and she had looked at him with utter terror. His heart wrenched with grief and self loathing. It would be better if he just went out and shot himself!

OMG. And later - when she is - SPOILER! - going to D.I.E - HE is the one who's saving her. I don't know about you, but I cried buckets when I read that heartwrenching scene. Talk about mistreating one's wife and hold no trust in her! He is punished. Severely. But ofc it all ends in a HEA, but oh my god, Eloisa is a master of writing these kind of scenes!

Lime Cello
42. Limecello
Anette - oh yes, I've read that book (the "trilogy" in fact) and that's my favorite one by far. In fact, it might be the book that got me hooked on Eloisa James. and I love her writing!
Thanks so much for sharing! I think I need to do a re-read...
Carrie Strickler
43. DyslexicSquirrel
Oh. I have a new one. From Julia Quinn's new book Just Like Heaven:

"I want you," he said again, and he reached out and took her hand. "I want you."

"Marcus, I--"

"I want to kiss you," he said, and he touched one finger to her lips. "I want to hold you." And then, becasue he couldn't have kept it inside for one second longer, he said, "I burn for you."

I sighed. Quite literally.
Lime Cello
44. Limecello
DS - eeeeeee. I have that book in my TBR. I already own it, even. Just... this whole reading thing I'm so behind on. But! If that made it for a "zomg quote"... I might just have to read it next.
Also - since I'm crazy, I scrolled past your quote cuz I hate spoilers. Which is why I avoid most reviews. (All?) Ironic cuz I am/was a reviewer... Now I'm babbling. You're welcome. *bows*
Olivia Waite
45. O.Waite
DS -- I've had Just Like Heaven waiting until I'd gotten through this week and earned it. :)

Lime -- If you can't find a copy of the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds film version of Persuasion, I will up and mail you mine because it is quite simply perfect.
Carrie Strickler
46. DyslexicSquirrel
@Limecello: I don't usually read reviews until after I've read the book, unless I'm on the fence. Lol then I go look to see what people have said on Goodreads. I didn't want to spoil anything (since it is a new book), it was just... so... Gah. I went a little melty lol.

@O.Waite: I have that version and the Sally Hawkins/Rupert Penry-Jones. I have trouble picking a favortie. I adore them both. But the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version is he first one I'd ever seen so it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Lime Cello
48. Limecello
DS - Hmmm ok I might have to move that book up my reading list. :P I haven't read Julia Quinn in a while. Other than reading a TON of HP's lately, I've only been re-reading from my keeper books.
Cristina P
49. krissapl
Okay, going to reread Love in the Afternoon because on that quote. Next, reread Just Like Heaven. :)
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