“The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson

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“I will light a fire on cool evenings and toast apples at my own hearth. I will raise white cats and sew white curtains for the windows and sometimes come out of my door to go to the store to buy cinnamon and tea and thread. People will come to me to have their fortunes told, and I will brew love potions for sad maidens.”

“No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense.”

“A person angry, or laughing, or terrified, or jealous, will go stubbornly into extremes of behavior impossible at another time . . .”

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