“…she had an extremely retentive memory and all her reciting had kept the texts well in the forefront of her mind. She was never happier than when taking notes, rather elaborate notes in different coloured ball-point pens, for the need to be doing something while reading, or with reading, was beginning to assert itself. Her essays, which she approached as many women approach a meeting with a potential lover, were well received. She was heartbroken when one came back with the words ‘I cannot read your writing’ on the bottom.”

Anita Brookner – A Start In Life


38 Comments Add yours

  1. a message i often receive

    1. theonlycin says:

      But you’re Scandinavian, so we forgive you 😉

  2. Oh no, “I cannot read your writing” – shame!
    I am always writing notes and then notes of notes.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too, Mandy, have piles of notebooks 🙂

  3. deepercolors says:

    NO one can read my handwriting either. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think it’s about a reader not being able to stomach what has been written that cuts deep.

  4. All the most intelligent people have indecipherable writing. Look at Doctors, and Da Vinci, and Einstein. The rest of the world can be awfully ignorant of such matters..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, happy Easter, Kate 🙂

  5. Tilly Bud says:

    That’s a little sad.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think it’s tragic …

  6. Liane says:

    ‘I cannot read your writing’… what an anti-climax that must have been.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Quite devastating, really 😦

  7. nursemyra says:

    I love Anita Brookner

  8. Pseu says:

    I’m intrigued by the photo as it had so many different hands contributing to it… all look like female writing to me. 🙂

      1. Pseu says:

        How amazing… do you have a ‘usual’ stle? Which one?

      2. theonlycin says:

        It’s actually quite uniform, Pseu, but I manipulated the image in Photoshop by using the ‘pinch’ format and I think that made all the writing on the pages look different.

  9. colonialist says:

    Those lines are very legible. I infinitely prefer not to subject anyone to my penmanship. Written communication is what computers are for.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I try to keep at practice 🙂

  10. suzicate says:

    The sad thing is that I often can’t read my own scribbles!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I keep a pen and paper at my bedside; sometimes yields quite cryptic scribbles 😉

  11. gospelwriter says:

    I like your take on the “lines” photo challenge. 🙂 – Earlier this week I drew a blank at one of my lines in the current production of our amateur theatre group. Argh! But unless someone photo’d my red face at that exact moment… 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your secret is safe with me 🙂

  12. nrhatch says:

    Good luck finishing up everything today, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      As it turns out, I didn’t, but lunch was nice 🙂

  13. slpmartin says:

    Oh…I do like Kate’s comment.;-)

  14. My hubby is always scolding me for my poor penmanship. I used to write clearly, but after so many years of not writing but always typing, my penmanship has deteriorated. I write better if I do it more slowly.

    I like your treatment of the photo challenge on lines. Blessings, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much, Carol 🙂

  15. grandawn says:

    I like the different ideas of lines in this photo.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Dawn 🙂

  16. souldipper says:

    Too much power given to one so lazy.

  17. bluebee says:

    “different coloured ball-point pens” – yes, please! 🙂 such a satisfying pastime – writing by hand in a beautiful notebook with brightly coloured pens – my handwriting is atrocious, though – a by-product of the computer age 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am a magpie for pens and paper 🙂

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