Bernice, who lives below us, was our only visitor. She had lavender lips and orange hair, and arched eyebrows each drawn in a single brown line, a contest between practice and palsy which sometimes ended at her ear. She was an old woman, but she managed to look like a young woman with a ravaging disease.
—Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
(And check out my Virtual Memories Show podcast with professor Ann Rivera about Housekeeping!)