1.3 "It tastes of importance and of
being grown up"
1.4 "The game’s not over. It’s simply become a
more terrible kind of game."
2.1 "Socially colour-coded for ease
2.2 "Irreproachably right lives"
2.3 "The Haywards were impeccable"
2.4 "Making perfection yet
3.1 "He was the leader and I was the led. I see now
that he was only the first in a whole series of
dominant figures whose disciple I became"
3.2 "He was the officer corps in our
3.3 "He was the officer corps in our
3.4 "One single heroic deed, to lay
at Ketih’s feet"
3.5 "He’s scared. Scared of Keith, scared of
me. He’s that low in the table of human
precedence. At once, after all my
cowardice in the Lands, I’m brave"
3.6 "He was the leader
and I was the led"
4.1 "And everything in the world has changed
beyond imagination or recall"
4.2 "Now that we've left
childish things behind"
4.3 "Everything has changed once
again, and changed forever"
4.4 "I have a sense of freedom, as if I’m no longer bound by the
rules and restrictions of childhood. I can open locked boxes
and break meaningless oaths with impunity. I’m on the
verge of understanding mysteries that have been closed to
me. I’m emerging from the old dark world of tunnels and
terrors, and coming to a broad upland where the air’s
bright, and remote blue horizons open all around.”
4.5 “I realise that the very things that seemed so simple and
straightforward then are not simple and straightforward at
all, but infinitely complex and painful.”
5.1 "The softness of her voice, her closeness as she
leans towards me, and above all the 'darling' that
she uses for her own son, make my face dissolve."
5.2 “She’s pretending to be part of some innocent
children’s game. And all the time she’s a stranger in
our midst, watching us with alien eyes.”
5.3 “She’s a fine one to talk about spying,
when she’s been spying herself.”
5.4 “Auntie Dee and even the untidiness itself glowed with a kind of
sacred light, like a saint and his attributes in a religious painting,
because they reflected the glory of Uncle Peter.”