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March 31, 2017

“Lord watch over her.”

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I was just looking at a photograph of one such, whom I’d describe as “agelessly young.”
It was taken recently; it is the daughter of someone I know, in a rural community in midwestern USA. She is at work outdoors. Everything about her posture conveys what is dutiful, humble, kindly. She is in the near background, wearing a sunhat that shadows her face. Her coarse work-dress goes almost shapelessly down to her ankles. She is carrying a bucket that must be full of water: its weight is apparent. I think: there are girls like that, there always were. From all this paucity of information, I can see that she is very beautiful, and the old male instinct of protection is stirred: “Lord watch over her.” On beautiful women : Essays in Idleness

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 31, 2017 9:22 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Frequently the acquired is disposed fraudulently and forgotten to be remembered a thousand years later.

Posted by: ghostsniper at March 31, 2017 11:23 AM

That is an elegantly written essay. Thanks for bringing David Warren's site to my attention. "...the cold wither of transaction."
Interesting.

Posted by: DeAnn at April 2, 2017 5:57 AM

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