Monday, September 29, 2014

Well Said: "... and yet she was a happy woman."

Miss Bates…had never boasted either beauty or cleverness. Her youth had passed without distinction, and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother, and the endeavour to make a small income go as far as possible. And yet she was a happy woman, and a woman whom no one named without good-will. It was her own universal goodwill and contented temper which worked such wonders. She loved every body, was interested in every body’s happiness and quick-sighted to every body’s merits; thought herself a most fortunate creature, and surrounded with blessings in such an excellent mother and so many good neighbours and friends, and a home that wanted for nothing. The simplicity and cheerfulness of her nature, her contented and grateful spirit, were a recommendation to every body and a mine of felicity to herself.”
Jane Austen, Emma
Would that I could do as well as Miss Bates under similar circumstances. This didn't stop her from trying everyone's nerves with her twittery, repetitive, nonstop talking. But it helped keep everyone around her both kind in return and generous against her poverty and need. And gave them an excellent example for their own lives.

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