“In reading we must become creators. Once the child has learned to read alone, and can pick up a book without illustrations, he must become a creator, imagining the setting of the story, visualizing the characters, seeing facial expressions, hearing the inflection of voices. The author and the reader "know" each other; they meet on the bridge of words.” ― Madeleine L'Engle
"If I could prescribe a single rule for looking at a work of art it would be to enjoy it. If we're honest with ourselves, we have to admit we enjoy our tears just as much as we enjoy our laughter. The only moments of life that are a bore are when we don't care one way or another." - Vincent Price
My experience of great storytelling, working with classics, is just finding a way to present it simply but let the story do its own work, or be an invite to the audience's imagination. -Kenneth Branagh
"Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects." - Stephen Leacock
“It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
This illustration is from The Copper Beeches, one of the short stories in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1892. In this particular story, a young woman (Violet Hunter) asks Sherlock Holmes for advice about taking a job as a governess. The offered pay is incredibly- almost unbelievably- good, but comes with a number of weird requirements, including one that she cut her hair short. She ultimately decides to take the job, but Holmes has a bad feeling about the situation and asks her to contact him if anything happens. In this particular scene, Miss Hunter opens a drawer and finds a coil of long hair, the same colour as her own, and about the same length as hers before she cut it. It's all very unsettling.