Beautiful wintry quote from the novel Doctor Zhivago

wild-rabbit-running-in-the-snow“I love the warm, dry winter breath of the cellar, the smell of earth, roots, and snow that hits you the moment you raise the trap door as you go down in the early hours before the winter dawn, a weak, flickering light in your hand.

“You come out; it is still dark. The door creaks or perhaps you sneeze or the snow crunches under your foot, and hares start up from the far cabbage patch and hop away, leaving the snow crisscrossed with tracks. In the distance dogs begin to bark and it is a long time before they quiet down. The cocks have finished their crowing and have nothing left to say. Then dawn breaks.”

— from Doctor Zhivago (Chapter 9, Varykino) by Boris Pasternak

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2 thoughts on “Beautiful wintry quote from the novel Doctor Zhivago

  1. On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 1:01 AM The Daily Rarebit wrote:

    I’m assuming this is NOT Boxer frolicking in the snow…because, Mommy would not allow that!!! LOL

    I do like the very accurate quote which reminds me of our earth-floor cellar in our farm house!!!

    Love, Mom

    Suzanne Keller posted: ““I love the warm, dry winter breath of the cellar, > the smell of earth, roots, and snow that hits you the moment you raise the > trap door as you go down in the early hours before the winter dawn, a weak, > flickering light in your hand. “You come out; it is ” >

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    • Mom, it’s hard to imagine Boxer running through the snow now. I tried taking him outside in his playpen last year, but he really didn’t care for it. He’s become a house rabbit through and through!

      I have always loved this quote — it could very well be applied to our cellar on the farm. Actually, everything in it is very reminiscent of what it was like to get up early on a cold winter day on our farm.

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