“…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



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

  2. 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… 😉

  3. 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…

  4. “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 😦

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