Today I’m joining Bookish Ruth for a feature she calls Quotable (click on the button at right for more information or to join Ruth and me). Each Friday she shares a short passage that caught her attention during that week’s reading or an old favorite. I know I’m a day behind, but I thought I’d share anyway from the book I’ve been reading today:
One morning, they woke to a strange stillness. The rise and fall of the raft had ceased, and it sat virtually motionless. There was no wind. The ocean stretched out in all directions in glossy smoothness, regarding the sky and reflecting its image in crystalline perfection. Like the ancient mariner, Louie and Phil had found the doldrums, the eerie pause of wind and water that lingers around the equator. They were, as Coleridge wrote, “as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.”
It was an experience of transcendence. Phil watched the sky, whispering that it looked like a pearl. The water looked so solid that it seemed they could walk across it. When a fish broke the surface far away, the sound carried to the men with absolute clarity. They watched as pristine ringlets of water circled outward around the place where the fish had passed, then faded to stillness.
For a while, they spoke, sharing their wonder. Then they fell into reverent silence. Their suffering was suspended. They weren’t hungry or thirsty. They were unaware of the approach of death.
— from Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Do you have any passages from what you’re reading this week that are quotable? Feel free to share them here or with your own blog post and add your post to mine and Ruth’s on her page.