Henry James about reading (“The Portrait of a Lady”, 1881) - Her reputation of reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic; it was supposed to engender difficult questions and to keep the conversation at a low temperature.
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Her reputation of reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic; it was supposed to engender difficult questions and to keep the conversation at a low temperature.
 Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

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