the curious case of benjamin button

“But he did these things only because they were expected of him , and because he was by nature obliging.”

“Moreover, and most of all, she had become too settled in her ways, too placid, too anemic in her excitements and too sober in her tastes. She went out socially with him, but without any enthusiasm. She was devoured already by that eternal inertia which comes to live with each of us one day and stays to the end.”

“This was an inane and unanswerable argument. And from that time on a chasm began to widen between them.”

“But though he was welcomed in a general way, there was obviously no heartiness in Roscoe’s feeling toward him.”

“When the sun went, his eyes were sleepy- there were no dreams, no dreams to haunt him. The past- The wild charge at the head of his men up San Juan Hill. The first years of marriage when he worked late into the summer dusk down in the busy city for young Hildergrade whom he loved. The days before that when he sat smoking far into the night in the gloomy old Button house on Monroe Street with his grandfather. All these faded like unsubstantial dreams from his mind as though they had never been.”


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