“Lover of loneliness and wandering,
Of upcast eye and tender pondering.”
– John Keats
Here are a few books and authors I admire for their upcast eyes and tendering pondering.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – My favourite novel. Jane feels deeply and loves deeply, but there is something in her stronger in her than her love for Mr. Rochester: her need to be true to her convictions, to do what is right.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot – Maggie Tolliver also feels deeply and loves deeply, but in her too there is something stronger than her love for Stephen Guest. A marvellous book.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – This novel is both readable and moving without sacrificing depth of character. Be prepared to feel heartsick over the devastating ending.
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery – A favourite from elementary school, this book remains dear to my heart because of Anne’s deep need of and appreciation for all that is beautiful.
The Valley of Vision – A compilation of Puritan prayers. I wasn’t used to reading prayers written by others, but having done so intermittently over the last few years, I can say that it certainly adds both beauty and richness to your prayer life.
(Painting by George Romney, Lady Hamilton Praying)