Lovely Ideas

“I suppose they try to make you believe an awful lot of nonsense?”
“Is it nonsense? I wish it were. It sometimes sounds terribly sensible to me.”
“But my dear Sebastian, you can’t seriously believe it all.”
“Can’t I?”
“I mean about Christmas and the star and the three kings and the ox and the ass.”
“Oh yes, I believe that. It’s a lovely idea.”
“But you can’t believe things because they’re a lovely idea.”
“But I do. That’s how I believe.”

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things – trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

“Do you think all beauty is just the evidence of things not seen, David?” she had asked.
“If it’s anything it’s that,” he had said. “I should say that faith is the belief in something that you don’t understand yet, and beauty is the evidence that the thing is there.”

The Bird in the Tree by Elizabeth Goudge

Mock Penguin Classic Covers: The Eliots of Damerosehay

I have previously made some other, nature-inspired Penguin Classic Covers for a selection of Elizabeth Goudge’s most-beloved novels, and decided to make another round, just for the Eliot Chronicles, which were also among the earlier set. This one is, however, inspired by art.

Mock Penguin Classic Covers: Elizabeth Goudge

Elizabeth Goudge is one of my favourite writers. She’s frightfully underread, but much appreciated and cherished by those who are familiar with her books. Some publishing houses have, in the last few years, published very pretty new editions of her books, which fortunately introduce her to a modern audience—including me.

However, I thought it would be fun to create Penguin Classics Covers for some of her novels. They are classics to me.