Extract from 'A Portrait of a Lady'

By Henry James

“It has made me better loving you… it has made me wiser, and easier, and - I won’t pretend to deny - brighter and nicer and even stronger. I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I didn’t have them. Theoretically I was satisfied, as I once told you. I flattered myself I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid, sterile, hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better.”



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