“Your father, being clean besotted about you, must needs choose some fanciful name for you. Star-bright eyes you had, he said . . . and the starlight was bright on your face when I looked at you for the first time, so Stella it had to be, though the name don’t go well with Sprigg to my way of thinking.”

(Elizabeth Goudge, Gentian Hill, 1950)


Her mother had called her Gabrielle, but Miss Balfour thought that too French and fanciful.

(Elizabeth Goudge, A City of Bells, 1936)


“I saw it in a newspaper and thought it was dignified.”

(Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water, 1963)