Looking up the front of the Bodleian library to blue sky

“The Bodleian above anything else made Oxford what it was . . . There was something incommunicably grand about it, something difficult to understand unless you had spent your evenings there or walked past it on the way to celebrate the boat race, a magic that came from ignoring it a thousand times a day and then noticing its overwhelming beauty when you came out of a tiny alley and it caught you unexpectedly. A library–it didn’t sound like much, but it was what made Oxford itself. The greatest library in the world.”
― Charles Finch

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