6 April (1822): Mary Shelley to Maria Gisborne

The man who, I believe, was half drunk, replied only by all the oaths and abuse in which the Italian language is so rich. He ended by saying, “If I liked I could draw my sabre and cut you all to pieces, but as it is, I only arrest you,” and he called out to the guards at the gate arrestategli.

2 April (1972): George Oppen to Eve Haight

It is important not to be caught in one’s own first graces, one’s own first gracefulness, not to be dedicated to one’s grace It’s important that what’s difficult should be difficult Difficulty, the refusal of things to work out, forces one deeper, that is, deep enough. In time.