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The Lee Shore

Dame Rose Macaulay

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Her wish to hear was a temptation to egotism; those who disliked egotism in themselves had to fight the temptation, and seldom won. She did not believe—no one but a fool (and she was not that) could have believed—all the many things that were told her; the many things that must always, while pity and the need to be pitied endure, be told to the pitiful; but she seldom said so. She merely looked at the teller with her long and lovely violet eyes, that took in so much and gave out such continual friendship, and saw how, behind the lies, the need dwelt pleading. Then she gave, not necessarily what the lies asked for, but what, in her opinion, pity owed to that which pleaded. She certainly gave, as a rule, quite too much, in whatever coin she paid. That was inevitable.

"You give from the emotions," Joseph Leslie told her, "instead of from reason. How bad for you: how bad for them. And worse when it is friendship than when it is coin that you can count and. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This 1913 novel of social life has aged well. It’s concerned with a pleasant young man, Peter, who has no clear aim in life. For a good part of the book, he sails through life, comfortably doing what he likes, but then begins to lose his direction, slowly sinking through “floor after floor of his pl

I really can't understand why these early novels of Rose Macaulay are so little read nowadays. This was a huge success in its day, winning a hugely valuable literary prize, and though the situations of the characters are no longer relevant to us, their reactions to each other are timeless. It has he