Avril at Romsey

… and Lancefield and Riddells Creek and Mount Macedon

Quote for the day

“In Victorian lifewriting, passionate references to hearts on fire and burning with love are a sure sign that a woman is about to discuss Jesus … People who thought of God as a friend easily linked friends to God … Loving the faraway friend echoed the human love of a Christ simultaneously distant in his divinity yet proximate in his humanity, and prayer thus became a medium of friendship as well as worship.”

Sharon Marcus, Between Women: Friendship, Desire and Marriage in Victorian England, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007, pp. 63-5.

I began by chuckling at the first sentence; by the end of the section I nervously began to suspect that I am in fact an out-of-time Victorian. Bother!


June 27, 2008 - Posted by | Life, etc., Slightly Higher Culture


  1. Why is the related post from LOLCthulu?

    Comment by Liah | June 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well Av, at least you’re not an out-of-place Victorian!

    Comment by PaulW | June 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. You seem fairly under-dressed for a Victorian. You seem to use bustle more as a verb than a noun….

    Comment by Alex | June 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. Avril, you’d look great in a high-collar, bustle, fetching little hat and parasol!

    Comment by Olivia | June 29, 2008 | Reply

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