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  • I never saw a fatter man; he'd have given my mother a stone or two and not felt the loss. Round as the "o" in rotund.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Black Venus, Chatto & Windus (1985). "The Kitchen Child," p. 97, Vogue (1979).

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  • You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 9 (1974).

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  • Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 4, Chatto & Windus (1991).

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  • Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Virago (1992). "The Mother Lode" Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings (1976).

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  • Women's sexy underwear is a minor but significant growth industry of late-twentieth-century Britain in the twilight of capitalism.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "The Bridled Sweeties," Nothing Sacred (1977, repr. 1982).

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  • Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves' birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "The Company of Wolves," published in Bananas, ed. Emma Tenant (1977).

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  • The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "Speculative Finale," The Sadeian Woman (1979).
  • Nora was always free with it and threw her heart away as if it was a used bus ticket.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 2, Chatto & Windus (1991).

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  • Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Wise Children, ch. 4 (1991).

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  • [T]ea, that uniquely English meal, that unnecessary collation at which no stimulants—neither alcohol nor meat—are served, that comforting repast of which to partake is as good as second childhood.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, ntroduction to Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget, Oxford University Press (1982).

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