Nella Larsen

Quicksand

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f she were to get away from Naxos with anything like the haste which she now so ardently desired.
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Knowing full well that it was important, she nevertheless rebelled at the unalterable truth that it could influence her actions, block her desires
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Black, very broad brows over soft, yet penetrating, dark eyes, and a pretty mouth, whose sensitive and sensuous lips had a slight questioning petulance and a tiny dissatisfied droop, were the features on which the observer’s attention would fasten; though her nose was good, her ears delicately chiseled, and her curly blue-black hair plentiful and always straying in a little wayward, delightful way.
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because Naxos Negroes knew what was expected of them
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Helga shuddered a little as she recalled some of the statements made by that holy white man of God to the black folk sitting so respectfully before him.
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had outraged her own pride, and she had terribly wronged her mother by her insidious implication. Why? Her thoughts lingered with her mother, long dead. A fair Scandinavian girl in love with life, with love, with passion, dreaming,
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Helga Crane sat with others of her race, seemed only to intensify her discomfort.
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My father was a gambler who deserted my mother, a white immigrant. It is even uncertain that they
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They existed in constant fear that she might turn out in an evening dress. The proper evening wear in Naxos was afternoon attire.
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the hawk eyes of dean and matrons had detected the subtle difference from their own irreproachably conventional garments
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Fragments of a speech made by the dean of women floated through her thoughts—“Bright colors are vulgar”—“Black, gray, brown, and navy blue are the most becoming colors for colored people”—“Dark-complected people shouldn’t wear yellow, or green or red.”—The dean was a woman from
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one of the “first families”—a great “race” woman; she, Helga Crane, a despised mulatto
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prided herself on being a “lady” from one of the best families—an uncle had been a congressman in the period of the Reconstruction
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But there was, she knew, something else. Happiness, she supposed. Whatever that might be. What, exactly, she wondered, was happiness. Very positively she wanted it
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It wasn’t, she was suddenly aware, merely the school and its ways and its decorous stupid people that oppressed her. There was something else, some other more ruthless force, a quality within herself, which was frustrating her, had always frustrated her, kept her from getting the things she had wanted. Still wanted.
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Books and papers scattered about the floor, fragile stockings and underthings and the startling green and gold negligee dripping about on chairs and stool, met the encounter of the amazed eyes of the girl who came in the morning to awaken Helga Crane
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failure here in Naxos, her former loneliness in Nashville. It even accounted for her engagement to James. Negro society, she had learned, was as complicated and as rigid in its ramifications as the highest strata of white society. If you couldn’t prove your ancestry and connections, you were tolerated, but you didn’t “belong.” You could be queer, or even attractive, or bad, or brilliant, or even love beauty and such nonsense if you were a Rankin, or a Leslie, or a Scoville; in other words, if you had a family. But if you were just plain Helga Crane, of whom nobody had ever heard, it was presumptuous of you to be anything but inconspicuous and conformable.
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No family. That was the crux of the whole matter. For Helga, it accounted for everything, her
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The idea that she was in but one nameless way necessary to him filled her with a sensation amounting almost to shame
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No longer lonely, he was now one of the community and so beyond the need or the desire to discuss its affairs and its failings with an outsider. She was, she knew, in a queer indefinite way, a disturbing factor.
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