Where I could see an opening

Where I could see an opening

As this strange and straitened year draws to a close, we could do with some fresh openings.  These lines are from the end of Dante’s Inferno, as he takes a step away from the torments of Hell towards Purgatory.  In other words, he isn’t yet out of the...
Happiness in triplicate

Happiness in triplicate

Here a young woman is three times happy, including the awareness of her happiness and its cause. May you enjoy similar moments of triple whammy happiness! ‘She was happy, she knew she was happy, and knew she ought to be happy.’    Source: Jane Austen,...
Life-giving elixir

Life-giving elixir

As often happens in 19th century literature and no doubt in reality, freedom could come to women with access to some kind of economic independence, however modest. In a world where jobs were limited (and often galling or exhausting in their nature), this could be in...

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