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  • 21.
    To pin your hopes upon the future is to consign those hopes to a hypothesis, which is to say, a nothingness. Here and now is what we must contend with.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 3, ch. 7, Chatto & Windus (1984.

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  • 22.
    For one moment, just one moment, Fevvers suffered the worst crisis of her life: "Am I fact? Or am I fiction? Am I what I know I am? Or am I what he thinks I am?"
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 3, ch. 10, Chatto & Windus (1984). Carter's heroine confronts Walser, her long-lost love and journalist-biographer.

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  • 23.
    Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 3, ch. 11, Chatto & Windus (1984).

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  • 24.
    In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984).

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  • 25.
    If the Barbarians are destroyed, who will we then be able to blame for the bad things?
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Heroes and Villains, ch. 1, William Heineman (1969).
  • 26.
    Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Guardian (London, Oct. 25, 1990).
  • 27.
    There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. interview in Marxism Today (London, Jan. 1985). On being a mother for the first time, at age 43.
  • 28.
    Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.... You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Marxism Today (London, Jan. 1985).

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  • 29.
    What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 2, Chatto & Windus (1984).

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  • 30.
    When Walser first put on his make-up, he looked in the mirror and did not recognise himself ... he experienced the freedom that lies behind the mask, within dissimulation.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 2, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984). The hero contemplates his face shortly after applying clown makeup.

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