By Dylan Kickham
February 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
Wilson Webb
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Before there was Carol, the 2015 film that scored Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Oscar nominations, there was The Price of Salt, a 1952 same-sex romance novel that Patricia Highsmith authored under the pseudonym Claire Morgan. For the 2015 Oscars, Carol‘s screenplay writer Phyllis Nagy is up for Best Adapted Screenplay for her work in translating Highsmith’s novel to film.

Much of Carol involves unspoken communication in glances and stares between Carol (Blanchett) and Therese (Mara), so it’s interesting to read the words behind this meaningful connection. Below are the most popular Kindle highlights from The Price of Salt:

  • “She had seen just now what she had only sensed before, that the whole world was ready to be their enemy, and suddenly what she and Carol had together seemed no longer love or anything happy but a monster between them, with each of them caught in a fist.”
  • “The music lived, but the world was dead. And the song would die one day, she thought, but how would the world come back to life? How would its salt come back?”
  • “I think friendships are the result of certain needs that can be completely hidden from both people, sometimes hidden forever.”
  • “Happiness was like a green vine spreading through her, stretching fine tendrils, bearing flowers through her flesh. She had a vision of a pale-white flower, shimmering as if seen in darkness, or through water. Why did people talk of heaven, she wondered.”
  • “How was it possible to be afraid and in love, Therese thought. The two things did not go together. How was it possible to be afraid, when the two of them grew stronger together every day? And every night. Every night was different, and every morning. Together they possessed a miracle.”
  • “A world was born around her, like a bright forest with a million shimmering leaves.”
  • “Was life, were human relations like this always, Therese wondered. Never solid ground underfoot. Always like gravel, a little yielding, noisy so the whole world could hear, so one always listened, too, for the loud, harsh step of the intruder’s foot.”
  • “The rapport between two men or two women can be absolute and perfect, as it can never be between man and woman, and perhaps some people want just this, as others want that more shifting and uncertain thing that happens between men and women.”
  • “Their eyes met at the same instant, Therese glancing up from a box she was opening, and the woman just turning her head so she looked directly at Therese. She was tall and fair, her long figure graceful in the loose fur coat that she held open with a hand on her waist. Her eyes were gray, colorless, yet dominant as light or fire, and caught by them, Therese could not look away.”
  • “What was it to love someone, what was love exactly, and why did it end or not end? Those were the real questions, and who could answer them.”
  • 2015 movie
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    • R
    • 118 minutes
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