Life in Hopeful Tranquility

[Jean] Giono termed his confidence in the future espérance, or hopefulness, not espoir, which is the masculine for hope, but espérance, the feminine word designating the permanent state or condition of living one’s life in hopeful tranquility. Whence springs this well of espérance, Giono wondered?

— Norma L. Goodrich, in afterword to Jean Giono’s The Man Who Planted Trees