Since I can do no good because a woman,
Reach constantly at something that is near it.
�The� �Maid's� �Tragedy�: BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER
MISS BROOKE had that kind of beauty which seems to be
thrown into relief by poor dress. Her hand and wrist were so
finely formed that she could wear sleeves not less bare of style
than those in which the Blessed Virgin appeared to Italian painters;
and her profile as well as her stature and bearing seemed to
gain the more dignity from her plain garments, which by the
side of provincial fashion gave her the impressiveness of a fine
quotation from the Bible, -- or from one of our elder poets, -- in
a paragraph of to-day's newspaper. She was usually spoken of as
being remarkably clever, but with the addition that her sister
Celia had more common-sense. Nevertheless, Celia wore scarcely
more trimmings; and it was only to close observers that her
dress differed from her sister's, and had a shade of coquetry in . . .