“The Witches of Eastwick” by John Updike

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“Alexandria’s lovers in the handful of years since her divorce had tended to be husbands let stray by the women who owned them.”

“The tide was low tonight, low under a new moon, so low ancient anchors and rotten dory ribs jutted into starlight where saltwater covered them for all but a few hours of each month.”

“Having children is something we think we ought to do because our parents did it, but when it’s over the children are just another members of the human race, rather disappointingly.”

“‘Men are violent’, Jane said, her patience wearing thin. ‘Even the mildest of them. It’s biological. They’re full of rage because they’re just accessories to reproduction.'”

“–an ankh, symbol of life and death both, an ancient sign of mysteries come newly into vogue.”

“. . . for magic is fueled by love, not hate: hate wields scissors only and is impotent to weave the threads of sympathy whereby the mind and spirit do move magic.”

 

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