The Queen of Attolia Quotes.

21. "He looked at her and tilted his head very slightly in wonder. He had forgotten, as he always forgot, how beautiful she was. Her hair was held away from her face by the ruby and gold headband that crossed her dark brows. Her skin was flawless and so fair as to be translucent. She dressed as always in an imitation of Hephestia, but it was far easier to imagine the impersonal cruelty of the Great Goddess than to see cruelty in the face in the Queen of Attolia. Looking at her, Eugenides smiled. Attolia saw his smile, without any hint of self-effacement or flattery or opportunism, a smile wholly unlike that of any member of her court, and she hit him across the face with her hand. His head rocked on his shoulders. He made no sound but sank to his knees..."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

22. "She pulled the bedclothes up as far as they would go and suppressed a perverse wish to have her old nurse come to chase away the darkness, perverse because she didn't know if she wanted the shadows to be empty or not."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

23. "She thought of the hardness and the coldness she had cultivated over those years and wondered if they were the mask she wore or if the mask had become her self. If the longing inside her for kindness, for warmth, for compassion, was the last seed of hope for her, she didn't know how to nurture it or if it could live."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

24. "When we opened the doors, we saw that the entire room was scorched black and you were on the floor possibly dead, surrounded by broken glass. Window glass is expensive, you realize that?" "Yes, Your Majesty," he said meekly."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

25. "You have to believe him, because he's going to have your entire palace up in arms and your court in chaos and every member of it from the barons to the boot cleaners coming to you for his blood, and you are going to have to deal with it." Attolia smiled. "You make him sound like more trouble than he is worth. "No," said Eddis thoughtfully. "Never more than he is worth."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

26. "I am very good at groveling."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

27. "I can't leave her there all alone, surrounded by stone walls... She's too precious to give up."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

28. "She was the stone-faced queen, then and ever after. She had needed the mask to rule, and she had been glad to have it. She wondered if Eugenides was glad of his."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

29. "Who was the Thief that she would love him? A youth, just a boy with hardly a beard and no sense at all... A liar, she thought, an enemy, a threat. He was brave, a voice inside her said, he was loyal... A fool, she answered back. A fool and a dead one. She ached with emptiness."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

30. "Eddis looked at her minister, curious. Your head? she asked. Attolia explained. He had to be forcibly dissuaded from strangling his son. So have we all from time to time, Eddis said seriously."
- Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia

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