"As the lively and sparkling emotions of her early married life cohered into an equable serenity, the finer movements of her nature found scope in discovering to the narrow-lived ones around her
the secret (as she had once learnt it) of making limited opportunities endurable;
which she deemed to consist in the cunning enlargement,
by a species of microscopic treatment,of those minute forms of satisfaction that offer themselves to everybody not in positive pain;
which, thus handled, have much of the same inspiring effect upon life
as wider interests cursorily embraced."
----The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy
Have a great weekend, friends. Sorry I've been away.