George Eliot noticed a bias in poets’ treatment of love, a tendency to say many fine things about its first experience, and far fewer about those that happen later in life.
I confess to having a special interest in sharing this quotation on this day, being the joyous beneficiary of a ‘later love’ which bloomed a dozen years ago, leading to our marriage today, and (Deo volante) many more wonderful years together.
And I know others who have found their love late, including my mother and several friends.
Worth waiting for.
‘How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love?’
Source: George Eliot, Adam Bede (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985 (1859)), p. 547
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