Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Good Persephone Book Quotes


This week’s topic is a Book Quote “Freebie”–i.e. make up your own topic on book quotes. I chose to showcase Persephone Books from Bath (England/UK). Some I took down when I was reading the book, others I got off Goodreads.


“Time now seemed to have receded, to be an enormous empty room which she must furnish, like any other aimless woman, with celluloid shadows of other people’s happiness, with music that worked one up for nothing.”

Good Evening, Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes


“But if you can get so interested in a conversation with someone you’re in love with that you forget about wanting to kiss them, then – well then it looks as if you’re safe to go ahead..”

A House in the Country by Joceyn Playfair


“They had reached the strange, disturbing little moment that comes in every holiday: the moment when suddenly the tense excitement of the journey collapses and fizzles out, and you are left, vaguely wondering what you are going to do, and how you are going to start. With a touch of panic you wonder whether the holiday, after all, is only a dull anti-climax to the journey.”

The Fortnight in September by R.C. Sherriff


“Received by Lady B. …surrounded by a bevy of equally bejeweled friends. She smiles graciously and shakes hands without looking at any of us, and strange fancy crosses my mind that it could be agreeable to bestow on her sudden sharp shaking, and thus compel her to recognize existence of at least one of guests invited to her house.” 

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield



“What would her dear dead mother say if life came back to her body? What did Miss Pettigrew care? Nothing. Freely, frankly, joyously, she acknowledged the fact. She was out for a wild night. She was out to paint the town red….She was out to enjoy herself as she had never enjoyed herself before, and all the sermons in the world wouldn’t change her course.” 

Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson



“She was all in pink, and a wreath of little pink wild roses lay close about her head, making her, with her tall young slimness, look like a Botticelli nymph.”

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances  Hodgson Burnett


Only six this week.


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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Good Persephone Book Quotes

  1. What a good idea to use Goodreads for some of the quotes, I didn’t attempt this weeks challenge because I never make a note of quotes but didn’t think of using Goodreads.

    Miss Pettigrew is in my to read list and that quote certainly has me intrigued

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