23 September 2011

Indescribable Grace

He made a salutation, or, to speak nearer the truth, an ill-defined, abortive attempt at curtsy. Imperfect as it was, however, it conveyed an idea, or, at least, gave a hint, of indescribable grace, such as no practised art of external manners could have attained. It was too slight to seize upon at the instant; yet, as recollected afterwards, seemed to transfigure the whole man.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

Painting: John Collier (1850 — 1934)

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