06 September 2013

textbook love

"The pupil dilates in the night, and at last finds day in it, even as the soul dilates in misfortune, and at last finds God in it." Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, book III, ch I, pg 1278-9.

"There is a truth of painting in her writings which always delights me." Sir Walter Scott on Jane Austen

"Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked." Jane Austen on portraying true women, not falsely perfected ones as were popular in novels of her day.

1 comment :

Melanie said...

I never realized that Sir Walter Scott and Jane were contemporaries!

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