Writer and mythographer
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- The sombre-suited masculine world of the Protestant religion is altogether too much like a gentlemen's club to which the ladies are only admitted on special days.
- Alone of All Her Sex (London: Picador,  1985) p. 338.
- When virtue is pictured as innocence and innocence equated with childlikeness, the implication is obviously that knowledge and experience are no longer media of goodness, but have become in themselves contaminating. This is a very despairing outlook, in its way as black as Augustine's original sin, for it supposes that original goodness will in all likelihood be defiled…It surrenders the attempt to represent virtue in a mature phase.
- Joan of Arc (Harmondsworth, Penguin,  1983) p. 262.
- Creating simplicity often makes the heart leap; order has been restored, the crooked made straight. But order is understanding that things cannot be made simple, that complexity reigns and must be accepted.
- Joan of Arc (Harmondsworth, Penguin,  1983) p. 263.
- Wonder has no opposite; it springs up already doubled in itself, compounded of dread and desire at once, attraction and recoil, producing a thrill, the shudder of pleasure and of fear.
- Wonder Tales (Oxford: OUP, 2004) p. 3.