"You're so pretty when you're desperate."
Julian gasped. "Nobody has ever called me pretty. Or desperate."
"You've been keeping terrible company, my dear."
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"At some point, Georgie had become indispensable, not only to Lawrence's work but to his life - his heart, damn it. It wasn't only that Lawrence liked the way he looked and smelled and sounded. It wasn't only that he made Lawrence smile and want and feel in ways he hadn't ever thought possible. Those qualities were all well enough, but what stole Lawrence's heart was that Georgie grasped how his mind worked, when sometimes Lawrence didn't even know it himself."
"Sodomites had been a favorite subject of his father's rage-fueled tirades, in which he lumped it in with other crimes against nature, such as Catholicism and being French."
"And then - oh, his kingdom for a pair of field glasses. The earl dropped the ax long enough to strip down to his shirtsleeves. That couldn't be necessary, given the chill in the November air. But on another, purely aesthetic level, it was quite, quite necessary for this man to take off his clothes whenever the spirit moved him."