George MacDonald quote about death from Lilith - Except you are a true sexton, books are but dead bodies to you, and a library nothing but a catacomb!
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Except you are a true sexton, books are but dead bodies to you, and a library nothing but a catacomb!
 George MacDonald, Lilith (1895). copy citation

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Author George MacDonald
Source Lilith
Topic death books library
Date 1895
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1640/1640-h/1640-h.htm

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“«You saw me do it!—But I am still librarian in your house, for I never was dismissed, and never gave up the office. Now I am librarian here as well.»
«But you have just told me you were sexton here!»
«So I am. It is much the same profession. Except you are a true sexton, books are but dead bodies to you, and a library nothing but a catacomb!»
«You bewilder me!»
«That's all right!»
A few moments he stood silent. The woman, moveless as a statue, stood silent also by the coffin-door.
«Upon occasion,» said the sexton at length, «it is more convenient to put one's bird-self in front.” source

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