Quotation by Henry James

I mourn the safe and motherly old middle-class queen, who held the nation warm under the fold of her big, hideous Scotch-plaid shawl and whose duration had been so extraordinarily convenient and beneficent. I felt her death much more than I should have expected; she was a sustaining symbol—and the wild waters are upon us now.
Henry James (1843–1916), U.S. author. letter, Feb. 20, 1901, to jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.. Letters of Henry James, vol. 4 (1984).
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