left as an exercise for the reader

“If you are in the habit of using wine in cooking you will know all about how much it will require to give just the right flavor; but if you are pledged to abstain from such practices you won’t want to know and you won’t need to know how much should be used, so I’ll not go into particulars.”

–  Henrietta Sowle, I Go A-Marketing, 1900



“Other things might, in virtue of the will of God that was in them, give her occupation and interest enough for a time, but nothing would do finally, but God himself. Here I was sure I was safe; here I knew lay the hunger of humanity. Humanity may, like other vital forms, diseased systems, fix on this or that as the object not merely of its desire but of its need: it can never be stilled by less than the bread of life—the very presence in the innermost nature of the Father and the Son. ”

– George MacDonald, The Seaboard Parish, 1868

one view of giving and receiving

“”All the same, I sometimes wish he hadn’t left you all that money. I would rather have given you everything myself.”

“Like King Cophetua. I’ve no doubt it was all right for him, but it can’t have been much fun for the beggar maid. No matter how kind and generous a man is, to be dependent on him for every penny can’t be nice. It’s different, I think, when the man is poor. Then they both work, the man earning, the woman saving and contriving…. But what’s the good of talking about money? Money only matters when you haven’t got any.”

– Anna Buchan, Penny Plain, 1920

a self-evidently necessary request

“”Miss Salter, I want you to teach me to work,” she began with tense composure.  “Never mind why – don’t ever ask me.  Teach me to work hard, hard.  No matter if I object or try to shirk – drive me.  I want you to.  And teach me patience.  I must learn patience.”  Then youth flashed out; her doubled fists beat the air. “I want to begin now – I can’t wait one minute!””

– Juliet Wilbor Tompkins, Pleasures and Palaces, 1912

hazardous masquerade

“Pleasing was an easy substitute for well-doing. Not acceptable to himself, he had the greater desire to be acceptable to others; and so reflect the side-beams of a false approbation on himself—who needed true light and would be ill-provided for with any substitute. For a man who is received as a millionaire can hardly help feeling like one at times, even if he knows he has overdrawn his banker’s account. The necessity to Hugh’s nature of feeling right, drove him to this false mode of producing the false impression. If one only wants to feel virtuous, there are several royal roads to that end. But, fortunately, the end itself would be unsatisfactory if gained; while not one of these roads does more than pretend to lead even to that land of delusion. ”

– George MacDonald, David Elginbrod, 1863