'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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July 30, 2012

Meeting the new neighbors...



Leif the Discoverer, son of Eric
(a.k.a. Leif Ericson)



'I, in young life, by seeming cruel fate was snatched
from Afric's fancy'd happy seat...'

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784), born in west Africa, sold as a slave in colonial Boston; a literary prodigy and the first African-American woman to publish a book in America



'From the first years to which my memory stretches I have been a disappointed woman.In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything disappointment is the lot of women.It shall be the business of my life to deepen this disappointment in every woman'sheart until she bows down to it no longer.'

Lucy Stone (1818-1893), orator, abolitionist, suffragist, and the first
Massachusetts woman to graduate from college.



'And by the way in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors.'

Abigail Adams (definitely my favorite}.



'Dream dreams
then write them
Aye, but live them first.'

Samuel Eliot Norton (1887-1976), 'Sailor-Historian'

It's back to the boxes for me. But it has to be a good omen that my beloved reading chair was the first to enter the new apartment, and it was so peaceful and perfect there when it did. I am so lucky to be living here for a while.  :)




7 comments:

Lilac In May said...

and lovely neighbours they are too, good luck in your new home

JoAnn said...

Abigail Adams is my favorite, too... such distinguished neighbors. Your apartment looks so bright and airy! Good luck wading through all the boxes.

Lisa May said...

What a lovely bright room! as well as Abigail Adams, I was so happy to see Lucy Stone. Good luck with the unpacking - I'm always tempted to start with the books.

Darlene said...

Such pretty windows, just the spot for catching the sun while you read. All the best with settling in!

michelle said...

What a great neighbourhood you've found yourself in! Love the windows and bright, airy feel of the room. Looks like a great view, too. Enjoy your new nest! :)

Nan said...

I love the yellow, the windows, the floor, the chair, and the hint of balcony outside. It looks like a perfect space.
And where are those statues? Are they all together? Marvels. I love them, and the words.

Vintage Reading said...

Love the room and the light and, like Nan I think that pale primrose is beautiful. Congratulations.

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