"I like awfully unfashionable things - and people. I like sitting on doorsteps, and talking to the old woman who brings quinces, and going for picnics in a jolting little wagon, and listen to the kind of music they play on public gardens on warm evenings, and in fact, to all kinds of people in all kinds of places. But what a fatal sentence to begin with. One could spend a whole life finishing it."
Katherine Mansfield, from a letter dated 21 November 1921.