Half Magic Quotes.

1. "Still, even without the country or a lake, the summer was a fine thing, particularly when you were at the beginning of it, looking ahead into it. There would be months of beautifully long, empty days, and each other to play with, and the books from the library."
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

2. "In the summer you could take out ten books at a time, instead of three, and keep them a month, instead of two weeks. Of course you could take only four of the fiction books, which were the best, but Jane liked plays and they were nonfiction, and Katharine liked poetry and that was nonfiction, and Martha was still the age for picture books, and they didn’t count as fiction but were often nearly as good. Mark hadn’t found out yet what kind of nonfiction he liked, but he was still trying. Each month he would carry home his ten books and read the four good fiction ones in the first four days, and then read one page each from the other six, and then give up. Next month he would take them back and try again. The nonfiction books he tried were mostly called things like When I was a Boy in Greece, or Happy Days on the Prairie—things that made them sound like stories, only they weren’t. They made Mark furious. It’s being made to learn things not on purpose. It’s unfair, he said. It’s sly. Unfairness and slyness the four children hated above all."
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

3. "Really! said the fat lady to Jane and Katharine and Martha, who were wedged tightly against her. Stop shoving. I’m sorry, but we haven’t time for you now, said Jane to the fat lady. And she wished her twice as far as where she belonged. The lady was quite annoyed to find herself suddenly at home in her own kitchen, and later sued the newspaper for witchcraft. But she was never able to prove her case, and anyway that does not come into this story. Back in her office, the children’s mother sat staring palely at the place where the lady had been."
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

4. "Who steals my purse steals trash, he said, but who steals my sword steals honor itself, and him will I harry by wood and by water till I cleave him from his brainpan to his thighbone!"
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

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