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Daily Snippet #7: Page 134 / 100 Words

E. M. Delafield. Diary of a Provincial Lady. Illus. by Arthur Watts. Academy Chicago Publishers, 1998. Originally published in 1930.

Alas! Once again, page 134 has NO TEXT – so here is page 135:

“Conversation again languishes, and I have recourse to Lord Beaconsfield. What, I ask, does Mrs. B feel about him? She feels, Mrs. B. replies, that he was a most Remarkable Personality. People have often said to Mrs. B., Ah, how lonely it must be for you, alone here, when dear Barbara is out enjoying herself with other young things. But Mrs. B.’s reply to this is No, no. She is never alone when she has her books. Books, to her, are Friends. Give her Shakespeare or Jane Austen, [p136] Meredith or Hardy, and she is Lost – lost in a world…”

[I absolutely promise you, I did NOT KNOW that Jane Austen would show up on this page!]

For your reading pleasure, there are more books in this series:

  1. Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930)
  2. The Provincial Lady Goes Further (1932) (published in the US as The Provincial Lady in London)
  3. The Provincial Lady in America (1934)
  4. The Provincial Lady in Wartime (1940)
  5. There is a book published as The Provincial Lady in Russia – but this is actually her Straw without Bricks: I Visit Soviet Russia (1937), an account of her six months in Russia, mostly on a collective farm and in Leningrad. It was reprinted with “Provincial Lady” in the title but is not really part of the series.

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