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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.

    • Margaret Fairless Barber,
    • title story, The Roadmender ()
  • I love the sea with its impenetrable fathoms, its wash and undertow, and rasp of shingle sucked anew.

    • Margaret Fairless Barber,
    • title story, The Roadmender ()
  • 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!

    • Margaret Fairless Barber,
    • title story, The Roadmender ()
  • 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.

    • Margaret Fairless Barber,
    • title story, The Roadmender ()
  • Necessity can set me helpless on my back, but she cannot keep me there; nor can four walls limit my vision.

    • Margaret Fairless Barber,
    • "Out of the Shadow," The Roadmender ()
  • Nature is full for us of seeming inconsistencies and glad surprises.

    • Margaret Fairless Barber,
    • "At the White Gate," The Roadmender ()

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.