from:Elizabeth Gaskell, “North and South” - at the dinner party:
“Margaret’s attention was… called to her host; his whole manner… was so straightforward, yet simple and modest, as to be thoroughly dignified. Margaret thought she had never seen him to so much advantage… now, among his fellows… [he] was regarded… as a man of great force of character; of power in many ways. There was no need to struggle for their respect. He had it, and he knew it; and the security of this gave A FINE GRAND QUIETNESS TO HIS VOICE AND WAYS, which Margaret had missed before.”
My reading has caused me for some reason to remember myself as I was when a young girl, reading high Romances and seeing myself simultaneously as the object of all knights’ devotion — an unspotted Guenevere — and as the author of the Tale. I wanted to be a Poet and a Poem.