This is a bright spot in a serious story, a guest room scented by roses crushed into water to release their fragrance. Wishing you musk-rose scented rooms…

“It’s only this very morning I plunged some fresh-gathered roses head downward in the water-jug; for, thought I, perhaps some one will be coming, and there’s nothing so sweet as spring-water scented by a musk or two.”

Source: Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South (London: John Murray, 1925), p. 462

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