- "Some people like to begin in the beginning. Me I like to start at a key moment in the whole thing, then fill the rest in later...."
- "Now the graves were lightly covered with snow, but still she paused there like a shadow among so many shadows, lingering with the dog, saying, hurry, hurry, as the snow sifted down around them. Hurry, hurry. What was the hurry?"
- "It could be something like "Rear Window" with a twist--you know, through the bird's eyes. I wonder if Cardinals do it on a branch, in the air, or on the ground? "