— 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 28, 2011

Then I liked this one, too




They spent most of their time in the field between the house and the beach, 'which had a mossy bank on one side, with beautiful green trees, making armchairs out of their roots.' Here, they basked in the sun, 'often thinking we were reading or sewing, but generally finding out at the end that it had been a mistake on our parts.'
from Elizabeth Gaskell:  A Habit of Stories, by Jenny Uglow


 
{Henri Lebasque, Woman Reading in a Garden, found, as always, here}


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