Catching Hope

Looking for the grace of God that surrounds us

The Order of Dreams

on September 10, 2009

“They danced again, and, when the assembly closed, parted, on the lady’s side at least, with a strong inclination for continuing the aquaintance.  Whether she thought of him so much, while she drank her warm wine and water, and prepared herself for bed, as to dream of him when there, cannot be ascertained; but I hope it was no more than in a slight slumber, or a morning doze at most; for if it be true, as a celebrated writer has maintained, that no young lady can be justified in falling in love before the gentleman’s love is declared, it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her.”

– Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

I should add here, too, that if dreams are indeed predictions of the future, as some would maintain, my life will be quite confusing in the area of gentlemen.  : )

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