A Past full of Eccentric People Doing Things

“They were funny, these old women; they may have talked constantly of the past, but it was a past full of particular and often eccentric people doing things that charmed and amused me.  I remarked on it once to Grammaude:

‘when you’re old,’ she said, ‘ you have a lot to pick and choose from in your memory.  If you’ve lived an interesting life, the things you’ll want to keep will be rather wonderful.  I think only bores talk about boring things….I heard too many dishwater-dull stories from old people when I was your age.  I vowed I’d have good things to remember and talk about.”

–Anne River Siddons, Colony

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