But give to thine own story
Simplicity, with glory.
I found this couplet in the preface of a book I picked up today at a used book sale. The preface is written by Willa Cather (I would love to be a character in one of her books!). The book is The Country of the Pointed Firs and other stories by Sarah Orne Jewett (I would like to write a book like hers!). The couplet is credited to Louise Imogen Guiney. I have no idea who she is, and I’m too tired to do the research right now. Whoever dear Louise is, I admire her storytelling wisdom. Such a happy beginning to a simple and glorious book. I’ve read it before, so I know it is true.