There were but meager pickings there, and I was obliged to eat them, even though it was against my principles. I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed. (To Eve) Why are you wearing those ridiculous things?
You’ll soon know.
(Older) After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in
the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than
inside it without her. At first I thought she talked too much; but now I
should be sorry to have that voice fall silent and pass out of my life.
Blessed be the apple that brought us near together and taught me to
know the goodness of her heart and the sweetness of her spirit!