Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1865-1947) was a novelist and artist, who was born on September 23, 1865. She wrote crime stories and then created The Scarlet Pimpernel, which is perhaps her most memorable claim-to-fame. Orczy wrote other novels, but none of them were as successful.
In Chapter 21, Orczy writes: "It is only when we are very happy, that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys."
How does literature make us feel so deeply? We are touched by a line, and some bits of literature change the course of our lives... How has literature affected you?