Monday, September 27, 2010

Wives and Daughters

This was a most splendid read.

 Quotes I wish to remember ....

"As far as I can judge of London," said Miss Browning, sententiously continuing her tirade against the place, "it's no better then a pickpocket and a robber dressed up in the spoils of honest folk. I should like to know where my Lord Hollingford was bred, and Mr. Roger Hamley. Your good husband lent me that report of the meeting, Mrs. Gibson, where so much was said about them both, and he was as proud of their praises as if he had been akin to them ...and I put it to you, where were they born and bred? Why, within eight miles of Hollingford .... Where does this fine society come from, and these wise men, and these distinguished travellers? Why, out of the country parishes like this! London picks 'em all up, and decks herself with them, and then calls out to the folks she's robbed, and says, "Come and see how fine I am."

"I am so well prepared for misfortune by the frequent contemplation of its possibility that I believe I can receive any ill news with apparent equanimity and real resignation."

"Really, Clare, your husband has spoilt you sadly, if you can't listen to any one without thinking they are alluding to you. People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues."

1 comment:

  1. Philip and I just watched a documentary entitled The Return of the Daughters. It takes you into the lives of different young women who are attempting to pursuit a biblical approach to daughterhood. It was wonderful and so counter-cultural. I'm going to watch it again with my girls when they are older.