'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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June 28, 2011

Then I liked this one, too




They spent most of their time in the field between the house and the beach, 'which had a mossy bank on one side, with beautiful green trees, making armchairs out of their roots.' Here, they basked in the sun, 'often thinking we were reading or sewing, but generally finding out at the end that it had been a mistake on our parts.'
from Elizabeth Gaskell:  A Habit of Stories, by Jenny Uglow


 
{Henri Lebasque, Woman Reading in a Garden, found, as always, here}


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