Ah, George Eliot en Romola.
“The light can be a curtain as well as the darkness.”
“… at a time when Fra Girolamo was teaching the disturbing doctrine that it was not the duty of the rich to be luxurious for the sake of the poor.”
“Pico della Mirandola, once a Quixotic young genius with long curls, astonished at his own powers and astonishing Rome with heterodox theses; afterwards, a more humble student with a consuming passion for inward perfection, having come to find the universe more astonishing than his own cleverness.”
G. Eliot, Romola, Chapter XXXIX: A Supper in the Rucellai Gardens. (Eerste editie 1862-1863)
Foto via ‘Florence in Sepia’.