It’s such a treat to get to share some Elizabeth Goudge with everyone each year. The Rosemary Tree is one of my favorites, now that I’ve finished it. I started it off thinking, “Wow, these characters are all pretty annoying and have so many issues.” But as it went on, I realized that Elizabeth had purposefully written them like that because she knows that all humans, including us, are like that. Books like this one are the reason I adore fiction: you start off thinking that the characters/plots are completely outside of you and your life, but then you realize that they’re really not—you can learn so much from fictional characters, and find pieces of yourself in them that you might have a hard time seeing or identifying otherwise.
I hope you enjoy this little snippet.
By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant
Miss Wentworth was talking again as she stacked the plates, though more to herself than him.
“Sometimes I wonder if the inherited weaknesses for which we are not responsible do not cause more trouble to ourselves and others than the sins for which we are responsible,” she said sadly.
Michael, filling her hot water bottle as though he had been doing it every day of his life for ten years, flinched but longed to comfort her. “Trouble, perhaps, but not injury,” he said slowly. “I mean, you may cause others a spot of bother by your weaknesses, perhaps, but coping with you may possibly increase their strength and sympathy. But if you sin deliberately, even if it seems only against yourself—well—you won’t be the only one to suffer. You may even be the one who suffers least.”
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