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There are times in life when a person has to rush off in pursuit of hopefulness.

— Jean Giono, afterword to The Man Who Planted Trees


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