Keep Art Alive; art by Rebecca Van Stralen

“Spartan girl! proud Lucy!” she would say, smiling at me. “Graham says you are the most peculiar, capricious little woman he knows; but yet you are excellent; we both think so.”
“You both think you know not what,” said I. “Have the goodness to make me as little the subject of your mutual talk and thoughts as possible. I have my sort of life apart from yours.”
“But ours, Lucy, is a beautiful life, or it will be; and you shall share it.”
”I shall share no man’s or woman’s life in this world, as you understand sharing. I think I have one friend of my own, but am not sure, and till I am sure, I live solitary.”
“But solitude is sadness.”
“Yes, it is sadness. life, however, has worse than that. Deeper than melancholy; lies heartbreak.”
Lucy, I wonder if anyone will ever comprehend you altogether.”

No Man’s Woman :: Sinead O’Connor

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