13 February 2015

Friday's Literary Feast

Quotes from The Virago Book of Food:  The Joy of Eating

EDITH WHARTON
1862 - 1937

When the tea came he watched her in silent fascination while her hands flitted above the tray, looking miraculously fine and slender in contrast to the coarse china and lumpy bread.  It seems wonderful to him that any one should perform with such careless ease the difficult task of making tea in public in a lurching train...(S)ecure in the shelter of her conspicuousness, he sipped the inky draught with a delicious sense of exhilaration.
  Lily, with the flavour of Selden's caravan tea on her lips, had no great fancy to drown it in the railway brew which seemed such nectar to her companion; but, rightly judging that one of the charms of tea is the fact of drinking it together, she proceeded to give the last touch to Mr. Gryce's enjoyment by smiling at him across her lifted cup.

The House of Mirth


Orient Express

2 comments:

  1. One of my favorite books. I have read it many times. Wonderful passage!

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  2. I have yet to read a single book by Wharton....shocking, I know. Glad you enjoyed the quote, Sunday!

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