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  • I do love a woman who smells of Jesuit bark.

    February 5, 2010

  • "'Why, you'll maybe be a yarb-woman, won't you?'

    'I will?'

    He turned my hand gently over, tracing the chlorophyll stains around my cuticles.

    'A green-fingered lady might just be tendin' her roses, but a lady whose hands smell of sassafras root and Jesuit bark is like to know more than how to make flowers bloom. Don't you reckon that's so?'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 96–97

    January 17, 2010