"I understand that as much as I had resisted the outside, as much as I had constricted my life, as much as I had closed and narrowed the channels into me, there were still many takers for the quiet heart"
"You know I’m old in some ways—
in others—well, I’m just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things
and cheerfulness—and I dread responsibility. I don’t want to think
about pots and kitchens and brooms. I want to worry whether my
legs will get slick and brown when I swim in the summer"