— 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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September 23, 2012

Sunday reading: a postcard



I'm six or seven chapters into listening to Katherine Howe's new novel The House of Velvet and Glass as an audiobook, and enjoying it very much.  The only thing that would be better is having it on my Ipod, so I could listen to it while I'm walking around my new neighborhood. {I've also been compiling a reading list of books set here. The only ones I've found so far are The Rise of Silas Lapham,by William Dean Howells, and Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy, both of which I remember reading in college. (It must be fate.)  The still-elegant brownstone that W.D.H. lived in when he moved from Beacon Hill to Back Bay (as Silas Lapham does) is a few blocks down Commonwealth Avenue, and I also read that cookbook writer and cooking school teacher Fannie Farmer once lived around the corner. I haven't found her house yet.}

I'm sharing this picture especially for our friend Bellezza, because she's planning to read The House of Velvet and Glass soon.  B, there is no 138 1/2 Beacon Street {yes, I went to look...of course I did), so we can put the Allstons in whichever house we like the most. They would have been neighbors with Isabella Stewart Gardner, before she moved into her new house.  Her old address isn't there anymore either, but you really, really, really have to love the reason why. :)


3 comments:

Bellezza said...

How fun is this post! I need to begin the book so that I can have a reference for what you address here, but now I'm super excited to begin! xoxo

Lisa May said...

Audrey, how funny, I just recently bought a copy of The Rise of Silas Lapham!

Nan said...

I lived at 519 Beacon my first year at BU in 1968. :<)

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