Reading progress update: I've read 188 out of 525 pages.

Possession - A.S. Byatt

You understood my very phrase – the Life of Language. You understand – in my life Three – and Three alone have glimpsed – that the need to set down words – what I see, so – but words too, words mostly – words have been all my life, all my life – this need is like the Spider’s need who carries before her a huge Burden of Silk which she must spin out – the silk is her life, her home, her safety – her food and drink too – and if it is attacked or pulled down, why, what can she do but make more, spin afresh, design anew – you will say she is patient – so she is – she may also be Savage – it is her Nature – she Must – or die of Surfeit – do you understand me?

I love the letters between Christabel and Randolph. 


Despite this, I need to switch to another book right now. I'll get back to Possession later tonight or tomorrow, but it is one of those books that does need one's full attention.