02 May 2006

"he remembered her reciting from memory for him, unostentatiously and in flawless middle english, the prologue to the canterbury tales and, too, the surprising antique locutions she'd picked up from her starchy father, things like 'we must be at pains to understand this' and 'it is not going too far to say,' which could have made him fall for her even without that first glimpse of her ... 'why do you laugh sometimes at what i say,' she asked him the second time he took her to dinner, 'why do you laugh when i'm being perfectly serious?' 'because you charm me so, and you're unaware of your charm.'"

--from philip roth's everyman.
(there is much to be said for the turn of phrase or the turn of one's head toward her shoulder, especially about its ability to turn your own head right round.)

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