He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
It was a good system of government, because most people want nothing to happen. This is the problem with the governments these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always very busy thinking of what things they can do next. That is not what people want. People want to be left alone to look after their cattle. (20-21)
It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin. (85)
…But they did, because she was headstrong, as everybody is at thte age of twenty, and when we simply cannot see, however much we may think we can. The world is full of twenty-year-olds, she thought, all of them blind. (134)
Now constipation was quite a different matter. It would be dreadful for the whole world to know about troubles of that nature. She felt terribly sorry for people who suffered from constipation, and she knew that there were many who did. There were probably enough of them to form a political party — with a chance of government perhaps — but what would such a party do if it was in power? Nothing, she imagined. It would try to pass legislation, but it would fail. (193)
Ian and I will not return home for this length of time for years. My heart has just begun to realize that I cannot retrieve each of these swiftly-passing days, not even in a future month-long Christmas break.