"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." James Baldwin (born August 2)
There’s a terrific article about James Baldwin titled ‘Another Country' from the New Yorker 2009.
"Again the eyes of the two friends met in the firelight, and over the face of Sergius there ran a new expression. There was an awakening of wonder in it, but no uneasiness. Anxiety was far away from him that night. When passion has gripped a man—passion strong enough, resolute enough, to override all the prejudices of civilisation—all the promptimgs of the coward within us whose voice, whining, we name prudence, the semi-comprehension, the criticism of another man, cannot move him. Sergius wondered for an instant whether Anthony suspected against what his heart was beating. That was all."Source: Pall Mall (1897)
A discovery of a very extraordinary nature was made at Poplar, where two women had lived together for six and thirty years, as man and wife, and kept a public house, without ever being suspected; but the wife happening to fall sick, and die, a few years before she expired, revealed the secret to her relations, made her will, and left legacies to the amount of half what she thought they were worth. On application to the pretended, she at first endeavoured to support her assumed character, but being closely pressed, she at length owed the fact, accommodated all matters amicably, put off the male, and put on the female character, in which she appeared to be a sensible well-bred woman, though in her male character she had always affected the plain plodding alehouse-keeper. It is said they had acquired in business money to the amount of £3000. Both had been crossed in love when young, and had chosen this method to avoid further importunities.
Source: “Historical Chronicle: July 10.” The Gentleman’s Magazine (July, 1766): 339.