Thoughts are intangible and yet can prove more indelible than things physically wrought. The idea of a sandy effigy effaced by storms reminds me also of advice often heard from someone I love: that when someone says something hurtful, you treat it like words written on the sand of a beach, to be washed away by the tide; and when they say something loving, you treat it like an inscription carved on rock for eternity.

‘His idea was still with me, because it was not a vapour sunshine could disperse, nor a sand-traced effigy storms could wash away.’

Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 523


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