Thursday, July 04, 2013



Iris Origo (1902-1988), Images and Shadows (London: John Murray, 1970), p. 34 (on her uncle, Senator Bronson M. Cutting):
One day, after he had returned to Westbrook from New Mexico for a visit to his mother, they were walking together down one of the well-tended paths of the arboretum and passed one of the workmen who had been employed on the place for some forty years. My grandmother said a pleasant word to him, but Bronson pointedly looked the other way.

"Don't you remember Louis, Bronson? Why didn't you speak to him?"

"I was ashamed to."

"Ashamed of what?"

"Ashamed to think that a man's whole life should have been spent in tidying paths for us to walk on."

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