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The Chaperone

By Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone

Started reading:
25th January 2013
Finished reading:
13th February 2013

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Interesting historical fiction following the life of Cora, a wife in Kansas who volunteers to be Louise Brooks chaperone on a trip to a dance school in the early 1920s…

“To someone who grows up by the stockyards, that smell just smells like air. You don’t know what a younger person might someday think of you, and whatever stench we still breathe in without noticing.” location 189

“Schopenhauer writes about marriage. He says getting married is like grasping blind into a sack of snakes and hoping to find an eel.” location 576

“We will gradually become indifferent to what goes on in the minds of other people when we acquire a knowledge of the superficial nature of their thoughts, the narrowness of their views and of the number of their errors. Whoever attaches a lot of value to the opinions of others pays them too much honor.” location 787

“self-confidence was the key to success with any art, and that regular study would provide her self-confidence,” location 1233

“Technical skill, she said, was only a tool that allowed the body to reveal its natural understanding of the rhythm of the universe, allowing all people, all races, to comprehend God, Buddha, and Allah and all forms of divinity. Dance was a visualization of divinity, a way for dancers to realize that they were not in their bodies—their bodies were inside of them.” location 1468

“Compassion is the basis of all morality.” location 4393