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Quotation by Elizabeth Bowen
Almost everybody wore a curious limpidity of expression, like newborn babies or souls just after death. Dazed but curiously dignified.... after a crise ... of hysterical revulsion and tiredness, I passed beyond ... and became entered by a rather sublime feeling.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899–1973), British novelist, story writer, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. As quoted in Elizabeth Bowen, ch. 3, by Victoria Glendinning (1979).
In a 1945 letter to the author Charles Ritchie, her lover, describing Londoners on V-E Day, which marked the end of World War II.
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