'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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February 9, 2016

Favorite sentence ever in a biography



      And then there is a maddening gap in the record:  a biographer must retreat just at the point where a novelist would advance. ...
from The poets' daughters:  Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge
by Katie Waldegrave



5 comments:

Karen K. said...

Great quote! And I love the image -- do you know the name of it, or the artist?

Audrey said...

Hi, Karen! I should have noted that. It's by a Danish artist named Carl Vilhelm Hilsoe (the scenes he paints are so lovely).

Karen K. said...

Thanks, it's just beautiful. I'll have to research him.

Cosy Books said...

There's a line in What Maisie Knew that keeps going around in my head about the band on a dress being 'glazed with antiquity'. Is it just me or is that really, really brilliant? Those few words certainly paint a scene, don't they.

Audrey said...

Very brilliant! As hard as our Henry is to plow through he's so worth it. :)

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