— Nora Ephron’s narrator in Heartburn (via Emily Gould, who posted a longer passage)
On a semi-related note, here’s Hemingway in “Soldier’s Home,” which I somehow only recently read for the first time:
Vaguely he wanted a girl but he did not want to have to work to get her. He would have liked to have a girl but he did not want to have to spend a long time getting her. He did not want to get into the intrigue and the politics. He did not want to have to do any courting. He did not want to tell any more lies. It wasn’t worth it.
He did not want any consequences. He did not want any consequences ever again.
- David Quigg, 7/6/2012