In a hollow of the grey-green hills of rainy Ireland lived an old, old woman, whose uncle was always Cambridge at the Boat Race. But in her grey-green hollows, she knew nothing of this; she didn’t know that there was a Boat Race. Also she did not know that she had an uncle. She had heard of nobody at all, except of George the First, of whom she had heard (I know not why), and in whose historical memory she put her simple trust. And by and by, in God’s good time, it was discovered that this uncle of hers was really not her uncle, and they came and told her so. She smiled through her tears, and said only, ‘Virtue is its own reward.’
‘The Napoleon of Notting Hill.’
Chesterton, G. K.. The G. K. Chesterton Collection [50 Books] (Kindle Locations 44802-44808). Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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