The Cruelest Month
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series, Book 3eBook - 2008-03-04
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“April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire…
— T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
“..,Gamache knew it was the only way he could find a murderer. He listened to people, took notes, gathered evidence, like all his colleagues. But he did one more thing.
He gathered feelings. He collected emotions. Because murder was deeply human. It wasn’t about what people did. No, it was about how they felt, because that’s where it all started. Some feeling that had once been human and natural had twisted. Become grotesque. Had turned sour and corrosive until its very container had been eaten away. Until the human barely existed.” - p. 82
“Gamache knew people were like homes. Some were cheerful and bright, some gloomy. Some could look good on the outside but feel wretched on the interior. And some of the least attractive homes, from the outside, were kindly and warm inside.
He also knew the first few rooms were for public consumption. It was only in going deeper that he'd find the reality. And finally, inevitably, there was the last room, the one we keep locked, and bolted and barred, even from ourselves. Especially from ourselves.” - p. 171
'April’s like that, isn’t it?’ said Gamache…..
‘Unpredictable, you mean?’ said Peter. ‘Difficult month.’
‘Sunny and warm one day then snow the next,’ agreed Gamache. ‘Shakespeare called it the uncertain glory of an April day.’
‘I prefer T.S. Eliot. The cruelest month.’
'Why do you say that?'
‘All those spring flowers slaughtered. Happens almost every year. They’re tricked into blooming, into coming out. Opening up. And not just the spring bulbs, but the buds on the trees. The rose bushes, everything. All out and happy. And then boom, a freak snowstorm kills them all.’
Gamache had the feeling they weren’t talking about flowers any more.” - p. 247
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