Measured Extravagance

31 July 2004 - 6:54 p.m.

From Bailey White's Quite a Year for Plums:

Now Meade had an abstracted look in her eyes that Hilma remembered from twenty years ago, when she had taken on the job of cross-stitching the Christian symbol of a fish on twenty-eight kneeling cushions for the altar rail of the Episcopal church, and at the end of ten months they saw that instead of the simple oval and triangle Christian symbol, she had sewn twenty-eight different species of indigenous fish, all recognizable by little stitched details of form and color: warmouth perch, crappie, bluegill, large-mouthed bass.

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