Sunday, May 08, 2016
A Sweet View
Jane Austen (1775-1817), Emma
, chapter XLII:
The considerable slope, at nearly the foot of which the Abbey
stood, gradually acquired a steeper form beyond its grounds;
and at half a mile distant was a bank of considerable abruptness
and grandeur, well clothed with wood; and at the
bottom of this bank, favourably placed and sheltered, rose the
Abbey Mill Farm, with meadows in front, and the river
making a close and handsome curve around it.
It was a sweet view—sweet to the eye and the mind.
English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under
a sun bright, without being oppressive.