Consider the Lilies – Some Quotes

• “the eyes, which remained cold though they appeared to twinkle… or the way his head was cocked, or perhaps because of the buzzing of a fly on the window-pane”
• “The minister knows best” – this marks Mrs Scott’s beginning to reject the authority of the church.
• “Its tranquillity belied its depth” – the sound of the water evoked memories of her mother’s voice. The sunlight reminds her of the moonlight of the night her mother tried to kill herself.
• The white light reflected from a trout evokes thoughts of her son’s clothing when he was a child, then of her son himself. “A child’s face smiling up at her slightly distorted.”
• “Could she begin again, miraculously transformed, be neither too hard nor too soft, learn to love and be loved, escape the voices screaming out of the darkness?”
• “So it all began again”
• It is going away from her and “she couldn’t stop it”
• “…she leaned back on the pillow, completely relaxed…
• “She felt it was dangerous to think too much at this time…”
• “whatever cloth is”/ “if you try to come into my house I’ll do you bodily harm”/ “I’ve wanted to do that for a long time”
• “the sea steadied”
• “Too late” – she had begun to soften.
• “Too early” – she did not have the strength to be as severe as she once was.
• “…my husband used to have a uniform like that.” Use of past tense – he is dead.
• “I could do nothing about it.” Mirrors Mrs Scott’s powerlessness about her son.
• “…to tell the truth of what is happening to us.”
• “If you came here to keep us healthy so you can put us out at the end you can keep your medicines.”
• It shows the wealthy have no real care for the highlanders. That’s “what I think of Patrick Sellar and his kind.”
• “…her poor husband whom she had driven off across the seas.”
• “…the way she had brought up that son, always interfering.”
• “Not a word about God from beginning to end.”
• “…who evicted emotions and burnt down love.” He feels that religion had bottled up the emotions these people wanted to express, and made them feel “…such pure horror that his head ached.”
• “She couldn’t understand all this for she hadn’t been taught to think on general lines.”
• Sellar thinks the truth can change. It’s “…what we care to make it.”
• “…you’ll thank me for having put you in the way of making a fortune.”
• “The question doesn’t arise for me.”
• “She had no stories. She couldn’t remember any stories.”
• To salve his conscience. “…he too was gone, abashed and happy.”
• “I’m too old for fairies.”
• “It is too late for the pension?”
• “stranded on a rock. Safe for the moment.”
• “things came in on the high tide which you could keep when the tide was going out again”

Metaphors based on water/ the sea.

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