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Laura Moncur (1969 - )
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Appearances are not the full cloth of a woman, but they are the most readily seen.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
As difficult as it is to have company within one's house, the absence of company is more so. The quiet echoing of solitary footsteps within the halls is suddenly amplified without the voices of excited guests. The clinking of plates and silver has narrowed to individual forks and spoons instead of the enchanting din of dining. The natural creaks and squeaks of the home are louder and more surprising.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
Attention to our duties provides far greater rewards than beauty and wit. Self-control is what differentiates us from the beasts. Without it, we are merely animals.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
However difficult it is to be the homely friend of a reputed beauty, there are certain benefits. Most days, the humiliation of being the second choice is outweighed by the overflow of disappointed gentlemen.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
In business, you must remain unattached to the outcome. It matters not who is chosen first and who is chosen second. The only thing that matters is the final verdict.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
Joy is not a commodity to be hoarded and protected. It is like a muscle. It must be used daily to keep strong and vigorous. For all my hardships, I have been able to remain quite joyful, for my muscles are strong.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
Our hearts can deceive us. Our hearts cannot reason. They cannot judge a man's character. All they can do is see a man and think, 'There is a fine specimen. He is handsome and attentive. He will father healthy children.' It is only our mind that we can trust. Our mind can catch him in lies. Our mind can fathom his honesty and honor.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
Papa said that I should never be jealous of another's marriage. Whatever joys I imagine them having are just my imaginings. The reality is far more complicated and vast.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
Spoken words evaporated into the air just as easily as burned letters, but the sound of them seemed immortal. It was as if a word spoken could not be destroyed.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
The home of a clergyman is constantly judged by its parishioners. If it is too large and richly decorated, it is the subject of jealousy. If it is too small and humble, it is the subject of scorn. If it is too clean and orderly, it is considered a museum where charity is untouched and kept in a box. If it is slovenly, it is the subject of disgust.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
There is not a person in the world who is given the advantage of travel who does not return changed.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014
Whether you are healthy or ill, your thoughts can drive you. If you are feeling ill, it may be your mind that has made you so.
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Laura Moncur, The Secret Heart of Charlotte Lucas, 2014

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