Where has this week gone? Does anyone else feel like it has flown by? I’ve been caught up reading and writing in my spare time … I’ve had extra this week because I’ve had late-night pick ups to do. Midnight at the train station…that’s what my 17-year-old Bear has gifted me with for the next few months.
So, before I left for the train station last night, I joined in with Week 2 of the bloggers’ discussion about The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D. For those who want a summary and don’t mind spoilers, click here for the host blog. I’ve tried not to give away too much below.
This week I looked at quotes that stood out for me as I read. There is a real sense as you read The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D that no one is as they appear – as Kate finds through her reading, there is a lot she didn’t know about Elizabeth; she and the reader also see a different side of Dave (Elizabeth’s husband, who doesn’t come across too well for a lot of the book). Kate is also realising that she doesn’t always know her own husband – there are some things she is not sure she wants to know.
‘The effects of your choices might not be clear at the moment they were made. But if you turned back to see where you’d come, there they’d be, the ghost of the path not taken leading to the places you would never go’ – p172
Are you a “what if” person? Do you make a choice and then wonder later (turn back) if it was the right one? (The ghost of the path not taken) Or do you make a choice and move on? Unfortunately, I have a tendency to turn back and second guess myself sometimes…still trying to unlearn that!
‘She wondered how much of what she’d assumed was superficiality might have been his way of masking something he felt too much’ – p221.
‘“Even in great relationships, there are limits on how well we can ever really know someone.”’ – p221.
‘She hadn’t thought to be wistful or protective of the parts of herself that she might be leaving behind…’ – p227.