I’ll admit that I’m not much of a romance person. That’s not to say I don’t read some romance or write romantic stuff into my storylines. I’m just not all about romance.
But sometimes a writer captures the tenuous heartbeat of love in an unforgettable way. To me, Thomas Hardy is one of those authors. Yes, his books wouldn’t be labeled strictly romance–probably since they quite frequently have morbid endings. But the way he gets into his characters’ deepest thoughts and emotions always resonates with me.
Today’s quote is from A Pair of Blue Eyes, which I believe is one of his earliest and least-lauded novels. It was a bit more plodding to work through it, but enjoyable nonetheless. I love this author intrusion (can you tell I like these omniscient classical authors? Remember my George Eliot quote last week?). Here we go:
“Every woman who makes a permanent impression on a man is afterwards recalled to his mind’s eye as she appeared in one particular scene, which seems ordained to be her special medium of manifestation throughout all the pages of his memory.”
****I wonder if my husband sometimes pictures me exactly as I was on our first date, or when I sat next to him in Apologetics class in college, or on our wedding day. I’m really not offended by this–just glad I made an impression! What about you? Do you remember someone you loved in a freeze-frame image?****