I am surprised by how much I am enjoying this book, and actually enjoying reading about Cromwell – one of the most disliked people in English Tudor-era history.
In this book, he almost comes across as likeable, admirable even, a wonderful family man, who has a sincere repugnance for torture.
And then there comes this, which gives hints of the darker shades he will take on as the book progresses.
But it is no use to justify yourself. It is no good to explain. It is weak to be anecdotal.
It is wise to conceal the past even if there is nothing to conceal.
A man’s power is in the half-light, in the half-seen movements of his hand and the unguessed at expression of his face.
It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.
~ Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Amazing book. Starts off weak, but my goodness, I can’t stop reading it now.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!