Mother and Son (Virago Modern Classics)
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said Emma. “To do a thing that threw light on you. I should not have had the courage. There will never be any light on me.” “Well, not that sort of courage,” said Hester. “Poor Plautus, has he gone away to cry by himself? I must go and comfort him.” She went out with this purpose, but found it was not Plautus who needed comfort. He was sitting on the grass behind the house, with an air of doing something deeply congenial, his eyes on some birds, who were fluttering and crying under his openly
only infrequently eats them. He sometimes brings them to Cook.” “Oh, my cat brought a bird to me the other day,” said Hester, simplifying the truth unconsciously. “It is sad that they have these propensities.” “I fear, Miss Wolsey, that to my mother they are the justification for their existence,” said Rosebery, smiling. “Oh, fancy keeping a cat for what he can do for you, and not for what he is! A cat’s only obligation is to be himself.” “A cat would never be anything else,” said Miranda.
means add to your burdens to walk empty-handed myself. Indeed, were I to meet you, I should be happy to relieve you of some of them.” “I would relieve her of all of them,” said Francis, as the door closed. “And I would go with her to prevent her carrying them at all,” said Rosebery. “Indeed I suggest that I should do so.” “I do not know what she will be carrying,” said Miranda, “unless it is her purse and her umbrella.” “And convention allows me to carry those myself,” said Hester. “How do
have kept the secret; you were right to say it; we will both keep it now. And you need not say it was not kept from her who suffered from it. I know it was not. I shall always know it. I shall know it when you have forgotten. I shall not have your right to forget. And now there are things to be done.” “Let me do them with you,” said Hester, coming forward. “Yes, I have been here all the time. I had not the chance to go. When I came in with Mrs. Hume, I saw she might need my help. And then I saw
have lost her, perhaps in the deepest way. You must let it help you in the loss by death. We should lessen our pain in any way we can. It does no good to suffer.” “We might choose the usual suffering that comes from the usual good. It is something we have missed.” “Let the feeling pass. We should not clutch at pain. We move to the future, whether or no we will. It is not possible to be still.” “There are times when we pause and look about us.” “We think we are pausing, but we are going on.