The Song of the Lark

Cather, Willa

Riverside, 1915

p. 320

Thea Kromberg (a great, though still young, singer) on a contented warbler: “[Thea] felt a deep contempt for her. She felt that Mrs. Priest ought to be reproved and even punished for her shortcomings; that she ought to be exposed–at least to herself–and not be permitted to live and shine in happy ignorance of what a poor thing it was she brought across so radiantly.”