Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Thursday, May 5, 2011

cordial pleasure

She enjoyed the pensive luxury of virtuous grief, which mitigates the sharp

                    With gracious drops
Of cordial pleasure.

—Regina Maria Roche, quoting Akenside in her Children of the Abbey

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