By Elizabeth Taylor
In the course of summer season video games of hide-and-seek Harriet falls in love with Vesey and his elusive, teasing methods. while he is going to Oxford she cherishes his picture and waits for the letter that by no means comes.
Then Charles enters her lifestyles, and Harriet stifles her imaginings. With a husband and daughter, she excels at respectability: embellishes at the mantlepiece, remembered birthdays and jars of lilac.
But whilst Vesey reappears, her marriage turns out to soften away. Harriet is older, it's a lot too overdue, yet she remains to be in love with him.
First released in 1958, this is often Elizabeth Taylor's subtlest and best paintings.
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