...referring to the passage in A Room with a View when Lucy Honeychurch unexpectedly encounters George Emerson. The party is taken on a country drive and scatters across the picnic site. Lucy wanders off and asks the driver for the 'buoni uomini' (good man, in her mind the clergyman Mr Beebe) but he thinks she's asking for George:
"Eccolo!" he exclaimed.
At the same moment the ground gave way, and with a cry she fell out of the wood. Light and beauty enveloped her. She had fallen onto a little open terrace, which was covered with violets from end to end.
"Courage!" cried her companion, now standing some six feet above. "Courage and love."
George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment, he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her.
This scene was suggested to me this morning when I was walking to work. The trees are in blossom this month. There was a gust of wind along the road and I found myself passing through a flurry of snowy petals.
Rather funny, not Overheard but Seen at Number 33 today:
In the kitchen getting breakfast. Crazy Eric the dog is still with us. He was hanging around because Michael was in the dining room. He stands there expectantly, like any dog does, but then he started chewing his toe, with his nose pressed to the floor. He kept snuffling and stepping backwards, thus creating a circle of nose-wet on the floor around himself. Of course he didn't care but it did make me laugh.
N.B. I've made artsy additions to my Photo Annex so check it out!