The Pledge

“If a man should pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found the flower in his hand when he awoke — Ay! and what then?”

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Anima Poetæ, 1895


“An ugly baby is a very nasty object — and the prettiest is frightful when undressed — till about four months; in short, as long as they have their big body and little limbs and that terrible frog-like action.” — Queen Victoria to the Princess Royal, May 2, 1859