Giveaway: Pin-ing for your love!

Baby blue to match my blue-eyes-blue, this lapel rose handmade from wool can be yours if’n you …

… tell me you’ve read the book this quote comes from (and name it!):

“The blue flowers which she lifted towards him and her young blue eyes seemed to him at that instant images of guilelessness, and he halted till the image had vanished and he saw only her ragged dress and damp coarse hair and hoydenish face.”


  1. Lise Rousseau Silva says:

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  2. Kristina Wagner says:

    James Joyce – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

  3. Patty Schultz says:

    James Joyce wrote these beautiful words.

  4. Katie D says:

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    By James Joyce
    I’m reading a Google version of the book
    today – I loved this quote!

  5. Lauren N says:

    Hello Mary Jane!
    The quote is by James Joyed from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
    Other than being utterly scandalous to tickle you pink many times, I thought the story was kind of… dry… Except for Stephen’s (main character) utter love of beauty, I don’t much care for the story or James Joyce. He’s not the type of author I like to curl up with for a couple hour long read.
    “She was alone and still, gazing out to sea, and when she felt his presence and the worship of his eyes her eyes turned to him in quiet sufferance of his gaze, without shame or wantonness.”
    (I love when my husband looks at me like that! ;P)

    I also read The Dubliners in tutorials (I was homeschooled but took tutorials. Like “school” for homeschoolers), but having to dissect the stories instead of reading simply for the joy of reading, really tainted the pleasure of reading for readings sake.
    There was too much of the story between the lines that we had to find and search for, it was maddening!
    But I did really enjoy Eveline (found in Dubliners) though it was a bittersweet enjoyment… If you haven’t read it I wont give it away, but it’s about a girl and her sailor, and who doesn’t love that?

    As a housewife, I never thought I’d use any of the information I learned in Literature. 😛 haha!

    • MaryJane says:

      Willie has a gift ready for you Lauren. Ready to wear a beautiful, blue flower on your coat this winter? (It really is drop-dead gorgeous.) Send your address to me here: I’m going to pick up a copy of Eveline the next time I’m in town. I would love to talk books with you! So much for James Joyce, I can’t think of the last time I looked at my husband in quiet sufference:) And he’d be the first to agree.

  6. Lauren N says:

    correction: James Joyce* I can’t even spell in my first sentence. >.< *sigh*

  7. Lauren N says:

    Oh how exciting!! Thanks so much!
    Also, I’m sorry I wasn’t very clear, Eveline is a short story found in The Dubliners by James Joyce, I’m not sure trying to find the book Eveline by J.J. would yield very many results!
    Thanks again!
    I love the magazine and just discovered the blog!

    • MaryJane says:

      Gotcha. Eveline, short story ’tis. I had an apprentice here years ago named Eveline. Loved saying the name out loud. Welcome Lauren!

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