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"The point is," said Anna, as her friend came back from the telephone on the landing, "the point is, that as far as I can see, everything's cracking up."
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Anna Wulf meets her friend Molly Jacobs after a year apart, opening lines of novel, Free Women: 1.
Free women," said Anna, wryly. She added, with an anger new to Molly, so that she earned another quick scrutinizing glance from her friend: "They still define us in terms of relationships with men, even the best of them."
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Free Women: 1.
One novel in five hundred or a thousand has the quality a novel should have to make it a novel - the quality of philosophy.
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Anna Wulf, Free Women: 1.
Human beings are so divided, are becoming more and more divided, and more subdivided in themselves, reflecting the world, that they reach out desperately, not knowing they do it, for information about other groups in other countries. It is a blind grasping out for their own wholeness, and the novel-report is a means toward it.
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Anna Wulf, Free Women: 1.
The real revolution is, women against men.
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Paul to Ella, Free Women: 1.
Literature is analysis after the event.
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Free Women: 1.
Obviously, my changing everything into fiction is simply a means of concealing something from myself.
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Anna writes, Free Women: 1.
The difference between my father and me is that I know I'm commonplace and he doesn't.
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Molly's son Tommy on his father, Free Women: 2.
She understood suddenly that she would never come with this man. She thought: for women like me, integrity isn't chastity, it isn't fidelity, it isn't any of the old words. Integrity is the orgasm.
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Ella as Cy Maitland has sex with her, Free Women: 2.
While Michael grips me and fills me the noises next door continue, and I know he hears them too, and that part of the pleasure, for him, is to take me in hazard; that Janet, the little girl, the eight-year-old, represents to him partly women - other women, whom he betrays to sleep with me; and partly, child; the essence of child, against whom he is asserting his rights to live.
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Anne wakes early and Michael has sex with her while Janet is awake in next room, Free Women: 2.
He prefers Janet to have left for school before he wakes. And I prefer it, because it divides me. The two personalities - Janet's mother, Michael's mistress, are happier separated. It is a strain having to be both at once.
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Molly, on Michael's day for going to the hospital in South London, Free Women: 2.
The real crime of the British Communist Party is the number of marvelous people it has either broken, or turned into dry-as-dust hair-splitting office men, living in a closed group with other communists, and cut off from everything that goes on it their own country.
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Anna thinks, Free Women: 2.
There they sat, thinking in spite of themselves of the mutilated boy just below them, who was now the centre of the house, dominating it, conscious of everything that went on in it, a blind but all-conscious presence.
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Anna and Molly and Tommy, Free Women: 3.
'He's happy for the first time in his life. That's what's so terrible...you can see it in how he moves and talks - he's all in one piece for the first time in his life.' Molly gasped in horror at her own words, hearing what she had said: all in one piece, and matching them against the truth of that mutilation.
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Of Tommy, Free Women: 3.
As Ella cracks and disintegrates, she holds fast to the idea of Ella whole, healthy and happy.
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Free Women: 3, pg. 430.
All this was taken by her as part of the hazards and chances of being a 'free woman.'
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Ella, on married men temporarily wifeless trying to have affairs with her, Free Women: 3.
Yes, cannibals. People are just cannibals unless they leave each other alone.
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Ella's father to Ella, Free Women: 3.
I remember saying to her that for the larger part of our time together her task was to make me conscious of, to become preoccupied by, physical facts which we spend our childhood learning to ignore so as to live at all.
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Anna on the 'experience' with Mother Sugar, Free Women: 3.
In fact I've reached the stage where I look at people and say - he or she, they are whole at all because they've chosen to block off at this stage or that. People stay sane by blocking off, by limiting themselves.
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Anna, Free Women: 3.
But sometimes I meet people, and it seems to me the fact they are cracked across, they're split, means they are keeping themselves open for something.
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Anna, Free Women: 3.
Well, Anna, I've been thinking a lot about that sort of thing, since I tried to shoot myself, and I've come to the conclusion that you're wrong. I think people need other people to be kind to them.
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Tommy, who says Anna thinks he is a "bloody welfare worker, what a waste of time", Free Women: 4.
Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who'd be kind to me. That's what people really want, if they're telling the truth.
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Tommy, Free Women: 4.
All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.
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Anna thinking, Free Women: 4.
Only one person read them. He tried to kill himself, failed, blinded himself, and has now turned into what he tried to kill himself to prevent.
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Anna Wulf, about her salutarily-bound books, Free Women: 5.
There's only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best.
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Anna Wulf, Free Women: 5.
None of you ask for anything - except everything, but just for so long as you need it.
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Anna Wulf, Free Women: 5.
Though what thoughts of regret, or pity, or perhaps even wounded human affection were compounded with the satisfaction of [Moses'] completed revenge, it is impossible to say. For, when he had gone perhaps a couple of hundred yards through the soaking bush he stopped, turned aside, and leaned against a tree on an ant-heap And there he would remain, until his pursuers, in their turn, came to find him.
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Chapter 11.
The Golden Notebook is a 1962 novel by British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing. Described as part of Lessing's "inner space fiction", it explores mental and societal breakdown, its main theme being the idea that a person can become fragmented. Lessing was born in Persia on October 22, 1919.


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