The Light of Evening Quotes.

1. "On the island of tears, we were subjected to every kind of humiliation,"
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

2. "a stony road, hard on the feet. I would beg for us to sit down but you discouraged it, knowing that sitting was fatal, because of the willpower required to get up again."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

3. "I would not leave a mother alone in her plight. They described how she had kept the news of my brother’s death from our ailing father and on the evening that he was brought home, chapel bells rang out and kept ringing in honor of him, his valor, and my father kept asking if it was a bishop or something that was visiting the parish, not knowing that it was his own son."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

4. "She was an auxiliary nurse but training to be a true nurse because that was her calling, to serve mankind. She was a Martha. There were Marys and Marthas, but Marys got all the limelight because of being Christ’s handmaiden, but Marthas were far more sincere."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

5. "never forget this moment, the hum of the bee, the saffron threads of the flower, the drawn blinds, nature’s assiduousness and human cruelty."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

6. "Her little treasures. Each item reminding her of someone or of something."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

7. "She was happy I was home, I would come often, I would be company,"
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

8. "so many that had died on the scaffold and many more to die including, though she did not know it then, her own son."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

9. "Gabriel, the man she might have tied the knot with except that it was not meant to be. Putting memories to sleep, like putting an animal down."
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

10. "FOR THREE NIGHTS in a row, Dilly has dreamed of Gabriel, a look of yearning on his face, the clothes hanging off him, making no attempt to come to her and yet making his presence felt, standing on an empty road, like he was waiting. Three nights in a row. It must mean that he’s trying to reach you, Sister says. It doesn’t, Dilly answers"
- Edna O'Brien, The Light of Evening

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