a week of first paragraphs: saturday


“olive will come down in about ten minutes; she told me to tell you that. about ten; that is exactly like olive. neither five nor fifteen, and yet not ten exactly, but either nine or eleven. she didn’t tell me to say she was glad to see you, because she doesn’t know whether she is or not, and she wouldn’t for the world expose herself to telling a fib. she is very honest, is olive chancellor; she is full of rectitude. nobody tells fibs in boston; i don’t know what to make of them all. well, i am very glad to see you at any rate.”

–henry james, the bostonians


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