From the dusty archive of antique descriptions we don’t hear much anymore:
Genteel (jen-teel)/adj. From the Middle French gentil = gentle. a: Having an aristocratic quality or flavor; stylish. b: of or relating to the gentry or upper class c: elegant or graceful in manner, appearance, or shape
It all sounds very Downton Abbey. Is “genteel” a word you ever find occasion to use? Do you know anyone personally who fits the description?
This month the Sparkling Vintage Ladies’ Reading Circle is reading, appropriately enough, The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. I’ve not read this book before, although I’ve seen a movie version a few years ago (there have been at least two films made of the story).
The book was published in 1922 and follows four women who leave the dismal early-spring weather of Britain for the sunny climate of Italy. Strangers to each other, they’re joined by the common purpose of renting a villa. I’m looking forward to reading about four distinct characters and how they change and grow during their sojourn together. I hope I’m not disappointed. Come join us if you’d like to talk about the book.
Today I’m looking out on a gray, wet, chilly day. The idea of a vacation to somewhere warm is very appealing at the moment. The Enchanted April takes place in Portofino, which sounds appealing. But if I could choose any warm destination in the world, I think I would choose the south of France. I spent one day in Biarritz, long ago, but it was rainy and cold in the off-season. I think I would like to see it again in all its summery glory.
If you could whisk away to someplace warm and sunny, where would you go?
Here in far-northern Idaho it’s still too early for the daffodils to appear, at least at my elevation. But assorted little green shoots have started appearing through the melting patches of snow. Those of us in hard-winter areas take a special joy in the signs of spring, however small.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac website, the word “daffodil” comes from the Greek word asphodel, meaning “king’s spear.” Because they are one of the first flowers to appear in spring in the northern hemisphere, they are a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings.
Are daffodils blooming yet where you live?