“A lamp’s no good without a dressed-up picture.” And Gregory added bitterly, “It was a fool thing to think of giving her one.”
“It wasn’t,” said Janet, and Gregory lifted his head. He did not often let his young sister contradict him.
“It was, if I can’t make it,” said Gregory.
“You can make it.”
“How can I make it without any money?”
“You can make it with think,” said Janet.
It was not what she meant to say, yet oddly it said what she meant.
“How can you make things with think?” asked Gregory. He said it scornfully, but now he came to consider it, that is how things are made.
It was as if Janet had opened a little door in his mind, a door that had been shut, and once again he glimpsed the picture.
From Rumer Godden’s The Kitchen Madonna, that jewel of a book.
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