When I Should be Listening to the Sermon ...

I think of all the church scenes that feature my favorite heroines.

Emily Starr: It was fascinating to study those varied faces, and speculate on the histories written in mysterious hieroglyphics over them. They had all their inner, secret lives, those men and women, known to no one but themselves and God. Others could guess at them, and Emily loved this game of guessing....

Kit Tyler: Bother these people! Look at Judith, sitting there with her hands folded in her lap. Didn't her feet ever go to sleep? Nevertheless, if this were a test of endurance, then he could see it through as well as these New Englanders. She tilted she chin so that one plume swept gracefully against her cheek, discreetly curled and uncurled her numb toes inside the kid slippers, and set herself to endure.

Anna Grazinsky: "Therefore if any man can show any just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together" ...

"Stop! Oh, stop! This marriage must not be!" ... "It must not be," repeated Dr. Lightbody, his pale eyes glittering now with a Messianic fever. He brushed aside the Lady Lavinia, reached the alter rails: "This lovely woman has been most hideously deceived!"

The vicar blinked. In her pew, the dowager, who had read Jane Eyre no less than seven times, shook her head in disbelief.

2 comments:

Erin said...

My favorite church scene from a children's book is in The Little White Horse. :)

Noel De Vries said...

How's it go? I don't remember...