Edith Wharton Quotes: For She Was Really Too Lovelytoo

For She Was Really Too Lovely
too Formidably Lovely. I Was Used By Now To Mere Unadjectived Loveliness, The Kind That Youth And Spirits Hang Like A Rosy Veil Over Commonplace Features, An Average Outline And A Pointless Merriment. But This Was Something Calculated, Accomplished, Finished
and Just A Little Worn. It Frightened Me With My First Glimpse Of The Infinity Of Beauty And The Multiplicity Of Her Pit-falls. What! There Were Women Who Need Not Fear Crow's-feet, Were More Beautiful For Being Pale, Could Let A Silver Hair Or Two Show Among The Dark, And Their Eyes Brood Inwardly While They Smiled And Chatted? But Then No Young Man Was Safe For A Moment! But Then The World I Had Hitherto Known Had Been Only A Warm Pink Nursery, While This New One Was A Place Of Darkness, Perils And Enchantments ...
— Edith Wharton —

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