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Glorying in the sea

“Anne and Henrietta, finding themselves the earliest of the party the
next morning, agreed to stroll down to the sea before breakfast. They went to
the sands, to watch the flowing of the tide, which a fine south-easterly breeze
was bringing in with all the grandeur which so flat a shore admitted. They
praised the morning; gloried in the sea; sympathized in the delight of the
fresh-feeling breeze–and were silent;”

Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 12

Sent to me by reader friend Bonnie, who says “I love words and those always come back to me each summer
when heading to the beach. Jane wrote those sentences almost like worship.”

I agree.  I’m still in North Carolina recovering from all the activity of the holiday.  My favorite thing is my daily stroll on the beach, now with my lab Bess in tow, who rolls and runs and buries her little nose in the sand.

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What do you call a crush?

“They were in love with him; yet there it was not love.  It was a little fever of admiration…”

Of Louisa and Henrietta Musgrove’s feelings toward Captain Wentworth
Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 10

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The sea-air always does good

I am back!  The beach was wonderful, and I lingered and gazed as one deserving to look at the ocean.  It is a healing place.  Our last few days, the water turned to brilliant blues and greens–almost Caribbean.  I’ve never seen it like that in North Carolina.  It was gorgeous.  Would like to post a pic, but I forgot my camera, so I’m waiting for a CD from Brenda.  But here is a picture of Lyme–which, unfortunately, was anything but Caribbean when I was there–gray, cold and rainy.  In July.  Ugh!

Today’s quote is again from Persuasion:

“Oh, yes!  I am quite convinced that, with very few exceptions, the sea-air always does good.  There can be no doubt of its having been of the greatest service to Dr. Shirley, after his illness, last spring twelve-month.  He declares himself, that coming to Lyme for a month did him more good than all the medicine he took; and that being by the sea always makes him feel young again.  Now, I cannot help thinking it a pity that he does not live entirely by the sea.”

Henrietta Musgrove, hoping old Dr. Shirley will retire and give the parish to her cousin Charles Hayter, which would enable them to marry
Persuasion, volume 1, chapter 12 (emphasis mine)

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