When Laurie Lee was starting out in life, and was far from being yet an ‘author’, he had some poems published.  This was the appreciative reaction of his landlord.

‘Is it really you?’ he asked fastidiously.  ‘I wasn’t aware you had such beautiful thoughts.’

 

Source: Laurie Lee, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, Penguin 1971, p. 31

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