No particular comment here, just sharing a nifty passage from the novel I’m currently enjoying. I especially like the image at the end. The characters are shy young Quakers who are beginning to discover that they have a thing for each other; the setting is New York in the year 1778, during the American Revolution:
Rob was enthused about the scientist William Herschel.With his improved telescopes, Rob said, Herschel had discovered nebulae and galaxies strewn across the heavens as a farmer could scatter flaxseed. …The night had grown cold, and they blew on their fingers and stamped their feet as they stared up at the spangle of stars. The arm of Rob’s coat brushed Kate’s cape and she saw tiny sparks dance in the wool.
–From Shadow Patriots: A Novel of the Revolution by Lucia St. Clair Robson