by Theodore Dalrymple (May 2015)
Our town has a lovely cemetery. Victorian furnishings may have been abominable, but the Victorians did the dead proud: we cannot come near them in funerary taste. Modern burials seem designed to make cremation attractive, at least aesthetically-speaking. more>>>
From Eliot's Middlemarch: "Her effect on those around her was incalculably diffusive; for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to those who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs."
Thank you for writing this.