— 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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August 9, 2011

'And as for the happiness you speak of,


I  shall never be happy again.' ...
      'Nonsense: perhaps in ten years' time you will be looking back on this trial as a very light one -- who knows?'
      'I daresay it seems foolish; perhaps all our earthly trials will appear foolish to us after a while; perhaps they seem so now to angels. But we are ourselves, you know, and this is now, not some time to come, a long, long way off. And we are not angels...'
from Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell {Chapter 11}




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