'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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April 5, 2011

The page I'm reading now...





But we must not forget to visit the basement; to go to the foundation of things. ... Great as were the intellectual gifts of its mistress, their brilliancy never dimmed - as with others it usually has - the excellence of her housewifery.
from The Carlyles' Chelsea Home, being some account of No. 5, Cheyne Row,
by Reginald Blunt


I came across this little book when I was looking for The Carlyles at Home, back in February.  It's a treat, one that hasn't happened very often, to read a book that {according to the elegant handwriting on the inside front cover} was added to the collection of the Concord Free Public Library in June, 1896.

{Image from The National Trust.}
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