— 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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October 28, 2011

Sortie de Secours




It is as if Violet has floated up from one of those dark oubliettes at St. Loup and decided to pass the rest of her life gving parties in the dining room above.  'In every person there is an emergency exit: a self-interest which in its various forms allows one to escape. ... The disadvantage is that one cannot always come back.'

from The Book of Secrets, by Michael Holroyd


{the painting is Woman in the Stairs, by Carl Vilhelm Holsoe}


1 comment:

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

I don't quite understand this passage but I love it and want to reflect on it.

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