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Margaret Fairless Barber
“To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.”
“I love the sea with its impenetrable fathoms, its wash and undertow, and rasp of shingle sucked anew.”
“I heard my little brothers who move by night rustling in grass and tree. A hedgehog crossed my path with a dull squeak, the bats shrilled high to the stars, a white owl swept past me crying his hunting note, a beetle boomed suddenly in my face; and above and through it all the nightingales sang — and sang!”
“There is something inexpressibly beautiful in the unused day, something beautiful in the fact that it is still untouched, unsoiled; and town and country share alike in this loveliness.”
“Necessity can set me helpless on my back, but she cannot keep me there; nor can four walls limit my vision.”
“Nature is full for us of seeming inconsistencies and glad surprises.”
Margaret Fairless Barber, English writer
(1869 - 1901)
Note that this book features as author both Michael Fairless, which she used as a pseudonym at times, and her own name, Margaret Fairless Barber.