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The saving influence of a noble nature


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I finished Middlemarch, by George Eliot, last week, one of the grandest of books. Dorothea Brooke is truly a magnificent heroine. (After weeks reading it I miss Dorothea, Ladislaw, Lydgate, Mr Farebrother and the Garths. I love them all. I will not miss Rosamond though – the terror of marrying a person so shallow and

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Why the world will always return to monogamy


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This is another little paragraph of The Man Who Was Thursday from GK Chesterton that I went back in search of: In that place they dined and slept, both very thoroughly. The beans and bacon, which these unaccountable people cooked well, the astonishing emergence of Burgundy from their cellars, crowned Syme’s sense of a new

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The Man Who Was Thursday and reading Chesterton


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Bus Book No. 6. For a book club, nightmares not being my usual fare. A photo posted by Alison Payne (@thisfoggyday) on May 25, 2015 at 12:37am PDT Last night, unbeknownst to us at the time, my bookclub celebrated GK Chesterton’s birthday. It was our monthly get together, which met in my new home, and

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For reasons that are hidden from us


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Here’s a little more of Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Unlike Gilead, this is really the only place in the book where you get one of John Ames’s written musings, in answer to one of Lila’s questions. I miss those. There is perhaps nothing all that novel here for a contemplative person who has lived and reflected their way

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