Henry James quote about happiness from The Portrait of a Lady - A swift carriage, of a dark night, rattling with four horses over roads that one can't see—that's my idea of happiness.
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A swift carriage, of a dark night, rattling with four horses over roads that one can't see—that's my idea of happiness.
 Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881). copy citation

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Author Henry James
Source The Portrait of a Lady
Topic happiness night road
Date 1881
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2833/2833-h/2833-h.htm

Context

“«Just now I'm going to bed,» said Isabel with persistent frivolity.
«Do you know where you're drifting?» Henrietta pursued, holding out her bonnet delicately.
«No, I haven't the least idea, and I find it very pleasant not to know. A swift carriage, of a dark night, rattling with four horses over roads that one can't see—that's my idea of happiness.»
«Mr. Goodwood certainly didn't teach you to say such things as that—like the heroine of an immoral novel,» said Miss Stackpole. «You're drifting to some great mistake.»
Isabel was irritated by her friend's interference, yet she still tried to think what truth this declaration could represent.” source

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