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My thoughts went round and round and it occurred to me that if I ever wrote a novel it would be of the 'stream of consciousness' type and deal with an hour in the life of a woman at the sink.
Oh, this coming back to an empty house,' Rupert thought, when he had seen her safely up to her door. People - though perhaps it was only women - seemed to make so much of it. As if life itself were not as empty as the house one was coming back to.
What is the future of my kind of writing? … Perhaps in retirement … a quieter, narrower kind of life can be worked out and adopted. Bounded by English literature and the Anglican Church and small pleasures like sewing and choosing material for this uncertain summer.
The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things... the trivial pleasure like cooking, one's home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.
What a good thing there is no marriage or giving in marriage in the after-life; it will certainly help to smooth things out.
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To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.
June 2, 1913
January 11, 1980
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