>Alfred Stevens painting
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,"
said she afterwards to herself. "There is nothing
to be compared to it. Warmth and tenderness of heart,
with an affectionate, open manner, will beat all the
clearness of head in the world.
The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which
becomes at times almost insupportable.
My heart stumbled a little, but the tenderness in his
voice kept me from falling.