— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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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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