"Mr. Howells thinks that this age frowns upon the romantic, that
it is no use to write romance any more; but dear me, how much of it there is
left in every-day life after all. It must be the fault of the writers that such
writing is dull, but what shall I do with my 'White Heron` now she is written?
She isn't a very good magazine story, but I love her, and I mean to keep her
for the beginning of my next book and the reason for Mrs. Whitman's pretty
cover." -Sarah Orne Jewett [From a letter to Annie Fields, written in early 1886 ]