Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Effie Gray

The painting by John Everett Millais, a portrait of Effie Gray who later became his wife



Ah, Effie -
You have such sad, wicked ways without knowing it - such sweet silver undertones of innocent voice - that when one hears, one is lost - such slight - short - inevitable - arrowy glances from under the bent eyelashes - such gentle changes of sunny and shadowy expression about the lovely lips - such desperate ways of doing the most innocent things - mercy on us - to hear you ask anybody “whether they take sugar with their peaches”? - don’t you recollect my being “temporarily insane” for all the day afterwards - after hearing you ask such a thing…
— John Ruskin

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