...when I went into the library ... and looked around at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might dream or idle exactly as I chose ... how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that brought me here ... — from Elizabeth and her German garden, by Elizabeth von Arnim
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June 27, 2011

Mrs. Gaskell, again





Oh! I will so try & write you a good novel, as good as a great nosegay of honeysuckle, just under my nose at present, which smells not only of honeysuckle, but of very good cake into the bargain.

Elizabeth Gaskell to her publisher (1859), quoted in
 Elizabeth Gaskell:  A Habit of Stories, by Jenny Uglow 


{Carl Vilhelm Holsoe, Woman in the Interior, found here}

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