Exemplary sentences

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an exemplary sentence, but The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard, is full of them. Very arch, and often funny.  I’m only about half-way through, but here are a few:

“Dora sat on a corner of the spread rug, longing to be assigned a task so she could resent it.”

“She need not say, she said, that she loved them.”

“Saturday afternoon in England is a rehearsal for the end of the world.”

Of course the novel takes place largely in England.

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