Right now my daughter and I are midway through Little House in the Big Woods, which we read a little bit of each night before bed. Tonight we got to this:
Pa’s blue eyes twinkled; he had been saving the best for the last, and he said to Ma:
“Hey Caroline! There’ll be a dance!”
Ma smiled. She looked very happy, and she laid down her mending for a minute. “Oh Charles!” she said.
Then she went on with her mending, but she kept on smiling. She said:
“I’ll wear my delaine.”
In all my years and all my reading, I’m not sure that in the whole series I’ve ever come across a line that I like more.