"Why not me to be beautiful and rich and famous and wooed by tall, handsome men in wonderful long overcoats with fine silver hair that curls against their finely modelled necks? Placido Domingo, that kind of man. Why couldn't I have been the kind of woman Rilke fell for? All furs and a brilliant mind. With a castle."
From Best love, Rosie by Nuala O'Faolain.