The room was as big as the Duke of Pardloe's library and had at least as many books, and yet the feeling of it was more akin to the small cluttered hole in which Pardloe clearly did his thinking.
The abbot's books were even more overt. A dozen volumes - at least - lay open on the big table by the window, half of them lying on top of one another, all open, and leaves of scribbled notes sticking out of the pile, wavering - beckoning - in the draft from the window.
Jamie felt a strong desire to go across and see what the open books were, to go to the shelves and run his knuckles gently over the leather and wood and buckram of the bindings until a book should speak to him and come willingly into his hand.
It had been a long time since he'd owned a book.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Bookish Quotes: The Abbot's library
It seems that a lot of the Bookish Quotes that I am finding are not so much quotes about books but quotes about libraries! This one is no exception.