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The Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Sadly, there tensions are still relevant in today’s context.

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Three Guineas

“How in your opinion are we to prevent war?”

Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas

Down and Out in Paris and London

“Fear of the mob is a superstitious fear. It is based on the idea that there is some mysterious, fundamental difference between rich and poor, as though they were two different races, like Negroes and white men. But in reality there is no such difference. The mass of the rich and the poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit. Change places, and handy dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief? Everyone who has mixed on equal terms with the poor knows this quite well. But the trouble is that intelligent, cultivated people, the very people who might be expected to have liberal opinions, never do mix with the poor. For what do the majority of educated people know about poverty?”

George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

Harry Potter at 20

“Here lies Dobby, a free elf”

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife” Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice”

To Kill a Mockingbird

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
of things unknown, but longed for still,
and his tune is heard on the distant hill,
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Wuthering Heights

“Terror made me cruel”

Emily Brontë, 1847

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‘Greenland is melting’

“It was a lovely and oddly cheerful sight, the graveyard overlooking the ice.”

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