One of the oddest series of love letters ever written

Odd … indeed

Elephant Zen

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of acts of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.”  ― James Boswell

“We agree, because I have no talent for subordination”. – Isabelle de Charrière/Belle van Zuylen (in respons to Boswell’s letter in which he writes that he is not in love with her)

Boswell in Holland Boswell in Holland

Read: ‘Boswell in Holland (1763-1764)’. Edited by Frederick A. Pottle (Yale University). First published in 1952 by William Heinemann.

Introducing the principal characters (excerpts from Wikipedia)

James Boswell (1740-1795); a Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic…

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