• Claire was the deep member of the family. Claire read classics and booklist books of her own free will--from the difficult antique phrasing of Robinson Crusoe to the horrors of The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn and Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
    • Missy kept up with People magazine.
    • Claire's books were about finding truth. Missy's were about nontruth, about celebrity and scandal.
  • Her restless legs had walked her indoors. The woman at the desk cried, "Gen! How lovely you look today! They're all waiting! You're a speck late."
    • Genevieve resented being told that she was late. I'm a volunteer, she wanted to say sharply. I'm here because I'm a good person. If it takes me a few more minutes today than it did last time, I am not late. I am on time whenever I get here, thank you. Out loud she said, "Hi, how are you?"
  • "It's about choices, my darling girl. Every single moment is a choice. Will you be good or mediocre? Will you be kind or indifferent? Will you be generous or cold? Every choice is always yours. Never somebody else's."
  • The mystery, thought Missy, was not the existence of identical triplets. The mystery was how Genevieve had learned about love. Perhaps love was inborn, and you didn't acquire it from observing your parents. Perhaps love came along with heart and lungs; you just had it from birth.
  • [Coppelia///mechanical dolls]
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