goldmourn (amberdawnpullin) wrote,

for she is always learning & forgetting & obliged to learn again -

It occurs to her that she should record this flash of insight into her journal - otherwise she is sure to forget, for she is someone who is always learning and forgetting and obliged to learn again - but the act of recording requires that she remove her gloves, rummage through her bag for her pen and for the notebook itself. This is more than she is capable of doing. And so she forces herself to sit quietly, her pulse racing, as the train rolls into the gentle, shadowy outskirts of Ottawa, capital of the Dominion (Do-min-i-on) of Canada.

- Carol Shields, 'The Stone Diaries'
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