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About me" of those long, romantic novels, six hundred and fifty pages of small print, translated from French or German or Hungarian or something -- because few of the English ones have the exact feeling I mean. And you read one page of it or even one phrase of it, and then you gobble up all the rest and go about in a dream for weeks afterwards, for months afterwards -- perhaps all your life, who knows? -- surrounded by those six hundred and fifty pages, the houses, the streets, the snow, the river, the roses, the girls, the sun, the ladies' dresses and the gentlemen's voices, the old, wicked, hard-hearted women and the old, sad women, the waltz music -- everything. What is not there you put in afterwards, for it is alive, this book, and it grows in your head. 'The house I was living in when I read that book,' you think, or 'This colour reminds me of that book.'"

Jean Rhys, "Til September Petronella"

About my librarySometimes, while she was asleep, she read books in distant libraries.
- The Hummingbird's Daughter
Luis Alberto Urrea

GroupsAnglophiles, Barbara Pym, Bloomsbury Group and their friends, Girlybooks, Loitering with Intent, New York Review Books, Orange January/July, Patrick White 100th Anniversary Challenge, Persephone Readers, The Diogenes Clubshow all groups

Favorite authorsAnna Akhmatova, Elizabeth von Arnim, Sylvia Beach, Simone de Beauvoir, Marie-Claire Blais, Elizabeth Bowen, Jane Bowles, Charlotte Brontë, Pearl S. Buck, A. S. Byatt, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Robertson Davies, Isak Dinesen, Margaret Drabble, Helen Dunmore, Penelope Fitzgerald, Louise Fitzhugh, E. M. Forster, Margaret Forster, Miles Franklin, Janice Galloway, Jane Gardam, Elizabeth Gaskell, Stella Gibbons, Victoria Glendinning, Barbara Gowdy, Helene Hanff, Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Brenda Hillman, Alice Hoffman, Winifred Holtby, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Nancy Huston, Henry James, Gail Jones, Penelope Lively, Mina Loy, Rose Macaulay, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Olivia Manning, Katherine Mansfield, Jan Marsh, Carole Maso, Daphne du Maurier, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Joni Mitchell, Nancy Mitford, Kate Morton, Iris Murdoch, Audrey Niffenegger, Anaïs Nin, Sylvia Plath, Barbara Pym, Jean Rhys, Michèle Roberts, Christina Rossetti, Vita Sackville-West, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, William Shakespeare, Elaine Showalter, Dodie Smith, Muriel Spark, May Swenson, Elizabeth Taylor, Violet Trefusis, Rose Tremain, Marina Tsvetaeva, Linn Ullmann, Jane Urquhart, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Herbjørg Wassmo, Winifred Watson, Mary Webb, Mary Wesley, Rebecca West, Edith Wharton, Antonia White, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAardvark Books, Abandoned Planet Bookstore, Athenaeum Boekhandel, Black Oak Books - Berkeley, Black Oak Books - San Francisco, Book Passage, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Bruised Apple Books and Music, Diesel, a bookstore - Oakland, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Green Apple Books, Half Price Books - Berkeley, Half Price Books - East Northwest Highway, Hatchards, International Center of Photography - Museum Store, Kepler's Books, Modern Times Bookstore, Moe's Books, Paperbacks Plus, Pendragon Books, Penn Books, Persephone Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Shakespeare & Co. Books, St. Mark's Bookshop (New York City), Strand Bookstore, Tattered Cover Book Store - Colfax Avenue (Denver), The Book Collector, The Drama Book Shop, Three Lives & Company, Time Tested Books, University Press Books, Waterstone's Amsterdam, Waterstone's Piccadilly

Favorite librariesDallas Public Library - J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, San Francisco Public Library, The Morgan Library & Museum

Other favoritesThe Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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So sweet and I thank you for your kind words.
Hi Cate,
I'm so glad you liked what I got for you. I'm just back from vacation and checking the VSS posts. I will have to check out the Facebook VMC group, thanks for mentioning it.
Happy New Year!
Best regards,
What a perfect day for you to write me that lovely note! Room Lit By Roses has stayed with me so powerfully since I finished it this morning. I feel like I read it with my whole body. I've been on the fence about Maso -- loved Defiance & Woman/Hat, didn't like Art Lover or Ghost Dancer. Now, however, I'm a devoted fan, especially if she earns me such nice messages :)

Happily, Aureole arrived in the mail this afternoon, so another Maso is in my imminent future.

I see you've added one of my faves, Helen Hull. I didn't know Persephone put out Heat Lightning! Something to add to my too-long wishlist.

Thanks for writing!

Thank you for accepting my friend request :)
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Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1956
I'm glad that you liked what I said about the Maconald book. I bought the second one, but won't get to it anytime soon. Instead, I'm really enjoying We Need to Talk about Kevin. I didn't expect to; I was really enjoying The Siege, but this one sort of took me by the throat and won't release me. I don't necessarily like Eva, but I can identify with so much of what she says that it's a bit uncanny. Have you read it? If not, I think you might like it. I certainly wasn't expecting to!
Happy Reading!

I am so glad you enjoyed and loved The Snow Child,/i> as much I did.
Dear Cate, I stop by my shelf and visit my V/Bs daily and admire the spread of them!
We have pretty much had spring all winter. It's been lovely except that it isn't natural. The pine pollen is about to cover everything in chartreuse and some azaleas are even blooming - all a good 3 weeks to a month early. I can't even think about what summer will be like here!
Meanwhile, I'm still going Up the Country with Miss Emily. I'll really envy her when I need to get off the plain in another month or two!
Happy reading!
Thank you so much Cate. I'm still working it all out and finding my way around! but i'm so pleased to be part of the VMC group - i'll have to spread the word among my other VMC reader friends!
P.S. I also love the little note and Lady Innes!
Dear Cate,
You are very good, and I'll welcome Miss Bird eagerly and with a place of honor on my shelf amid her peers.
Hello Cate,

I'm just drooping by to say hello, and to ask you to send my Cornish kisses to your lovely daschunds.

Briar x x x
Oh hurray! You're so sweet, Cate, thank you!
Dear Cate, thanks for adding me to your interesting library, and I'd love to have you as a friend. I love the Jean Rhys quote on your profile page. And let me say again how much I and I'm sure all the other virago members appreciate all that you do.
Dear Cate,
You're the kindest, making me an interesting library. But, yeah, that time period is super fascinating for literature and the arts. Did you see Midnight In Paris? It was brilliant! But maybe we're living in a similar age but we just can't see it. I like to think so. Certainly there is so much being published but I can never figure out what I want to read or if I can get that really good feeling like I do when I read Jane Austen. You know? I want to read something I can't put down. Selfish!
Thanks again! Mary Ellen
Dear Cate,
Again, thank you for your little biography of Janet Flanner. I love the New Yorker and I love reading about the authors from the magazine. This lady is particularly interesting! Thanks, Mary Ellen
Very belated reply. I'm new to LibraryThing and don't visit it regularly. Since I'm also new to VMC's I think that at this time I'll concentrate on that list for my choices but thank you for your nice invitation to the Persephone's. I mainly focus on reading books by women authors and mostly British ones even though I'm not British myself. It's a real treat for me to be reading books that focus on women's lives and concerns. I also like to support women writers in general as I don't think that they're treated as well in the "literary" world.
Thanks, still getting the hang of this.
Thanks for inviting me into Virago group. I'm a little shy about speaking up yet!
Dear Cate,
Thanks for your reply! To tell you the truth, until I got on librarything I never even thought about the publishers of a book or why they publish the books they do. I think LizzyD suggested that I check out the Virago group and I've been reading it like crazy ever since. I really am unfamiliar with most of the authors which everyone discusses so much. It's like a whole new world for me. Since then, just as you wrote, I have a huge list of books I want to read or have bought based on the Virago group recommendations. I have read some real gems because of it. I feel like your biographies have introduced to me all these hidden treasures that I wouldn't have ever come across. Problem is, I'm spending so much time reading reviews of books that I'm reading less actual BOOKS! But, I'm loving it!
Thanks again! Mary Ellen
Dear Cate,
I was just reading some of your biographies you have posted on the Virago group. I love them. They are so interesting. I enjoy it so much when a person takes the time to do something like that.
Thank you! Mary
Thank you so much for the beautiful card which arrived today - you are so kind x x
Yes - but it has refulled an old addiction : ) was quite content to have got rid of some old virago's when I lived in my previous tiny flat. But now I will be tempted to start collecting them again.
Would that it were full of Viragos! I did get those three, but sadly they were not springing out from behind each shelf. But they are a common sight in charity shops etc. here, so I shouldn't complain. Hay would be a wonderful place even if one came home with nothing - just to spend that time amongst bookshops, and book-loving people (although, universally, the people I overhear asking directions in a bookshop invariably want books about trains. Curious, no?)

Hello Cate,

Thank you so much for adding me as a friend. I don't know much about books but I do like the lovely humans on LibraryThing.

I hope this means that I am friends with your two lovely daschunds too.


Briar x x x
Hello, Cate --

Thank you so much for your card. It is adorable and was very thoughtful of you. It means a lot, and it is just amazing to have all these friends that I've never met, exactly. A wonderful extended family.

All the best to you -- Jen
Hi Cate,

The Partridges and Charleston book just arrived in the mail today. I found them on Amazon marketplace. I've been wanting to get the Charleston House and Garden for years. We've been to Charleston twice and I met Virginia Nicholson a few years ago when she spoke to the American branch of the National Trust. She assured me that the large manure pile right across the fence from the Charleston parking lot had been moved since the hostile farmer neighbor died. His family owned the farm as long as the Bloomsburies owned Charleston and they really disliked those sinful people who lived next door!

I'm trying to get through all the Frances Partridge and James lees-Milne diaries within the next few years. That would be about a volume every month or so. not too daunting a task since they are such gossipy reads!


The China book was ordered from Awesomeone Jan 4 and just arrived (along with the Bawden and a Virago replacement of Hours before Dawn). Again, opened by US Customs and resealed. One book missing from the order.
I think the DHS people at O'Hare in Chicago are going nuts! Heck, Awesomebooks are getting to Detroit and Mississippi before they are being delivered here. Sigh...

Hi Cate

Thank you for the Royal Spyness books, which arrived two days ago. I've become addicted: finished the first two and have just started the third.

Hi Cate and thanks for the (re)welcome!

Yes, I'm on Facebook - will look up the Virago and Persephone groups.

I have a general rule of thumb for posting book reviews, in that they are generally positive unless they're by an author whose books I generally admire, in which case I feel free to be more snarky about books of theirs on which I'm less keen ;-)

One pleasant side-effect of my book clearance is that I'm rediscovering lots of wonderful books I can't wait to re-read!!

Helen :-)
Hiya Cate: Maggie reviewed it in Belle. I ordered it because of her review but it isn't in print yet here. So it's a pre-order. Doesn't it look good!

Unless my husband is suddenly overwhelmed by work and can't get to the PO, your book - All Passion Spent - should be in the post today.

Cate! Thank you SO MUCH for the lovely Persephone gifts!! I did thank you on my blog ( ), but I don't know if you've seen that or not. I can't wait to open the book and I absolutely ADORE the bag. I'll be making all my friends jealous!

Thanks a million! And happy birthday once again!

Helen xx
Dear Cate,
I'm sorry to be the troublesome one! Thank you for your sweet generosity!!!
Cate -- FULL HOUSE arrived today. Thanks so much for your kind giftiness!
Hi Cate

I have checked my copy of Wonderful Sphinx and it does have the illustrations - they are between pp 150 - 151.

Hope all is well with you and thanks again for your work on Viragos Remembered. I always look forward to reading your new entries.
Australia lost one of its grand lady of letters last week in the death of Jessica Anderson - she may not have been very well known outside Australia but her writing was so inspirational. I think her best work was Tirra Lirra by the River. If you see any of her works on library or bookshelves, it is excellent literature.

Best wishes

I am so glad you enjoyed that little book. It was such an adult affair. Shrimp can never really be the kind of wife Benny needs to sustain his lifestyle. A farmer needs a partner as well as a mate. That's why my mother-in-law got off the farm as soon as she was 18. She knew how hard those wives had to work alongside their men. And Shrimp is an urban animal. And, Benny. He genuinely loves the life, for all of his complaints. He would be so unhappy doing anything else. Like my husband's uncle who tried the city and pined until he bought a small dairy farm in Wisconsin.

The author apparently wrote a sequel which has yet to be translated.

I do hope that you enjoy this little novel. And thank you so much for the Virago authors remembered feature. That picture of Mitford is stunning. I often print out the pictures and use them as bookmarks in their novels.


PS. The mail was really fast! I only mailed the book Monday!
Thanks for the invite to VMC group! I have joined :)
Re my library

I haven't even begun to add books that aren't VMC's or fringe Bloomsbury. There's the medievals, ancient history, other classics, art and folklore....sigh. Oh, and all that Byron stuff, old Nancy Drews, fairy tales, guilty pleasures ... double sigh.

Thank you! I've already ordered it via Abe and now I can stop worrying that I got a different edition.
My husband if off for a week in NYC and Philadephia and I'm spending more money than I should buying books! I'll never read all of them this side of the Pearly Gates, but it is fun.

My last and toughest will be, I think, Daisy Chain by Yonge.

Dear Cate,

I just ordered Olivier's Love Child from Abe books and now I'm wondering if I ordered the wrong edition. Could you do me a big favor and see if the introduction in your VMC edition is by Hermione Lee? I've looked everywhere and can't verify the information and I realized after I bought it that the seller did not note it was a VMC.


Hello! Glad the Dayus book arrived OK and thanks for journalling. Look forward to hearing what you think of it - no rush though as I'm not even up to all of my Christmas Viragoes yet!!

Liz x
Hi Cate! I received Deerbrook today. I think it arrived about a week ago but I was only able to get to the post office today. Thank you so much. It's such a lovely edition with a beautiful cover. The story sounds like just my cup of tea. I'm so excited to read it.
Hi Cate! The Persimmon Tree arrived safely -- thanks so much!

Hi Cate - I really don't mind sending you the books too if you'd like them (the NYRB ones). I checked your library and you don't have them. Really, it's not a big deal as I would probably give them away at some point anyway so if they seem like books you'd like to read let me know. You can check amazon for their reviews/plots. If not, I'll keep my eye out for other Virago or duplicates I come across and let you know then. Anyway, thanks again so much for sending the books.
Cate, a beautifully addressed package arrived for me yesterday. Thank you so much for sending Year Before Last. I do think I will enjoy it. I'll be sure to let you know when I've read it. Green spines are tough to come by here in NC. You are so generous and I am excited and very thankful. *skips off to place her amongst the other beauties*
WOW!!! So you did! I think I can get these into the ground almost any time now - well, maybe not until late March or early April. Thank you, Cate! If my brown thumb doesn't kill them, I'll take pictures of the glorious blooms. Thanks abound.
Peggy Again
Oh, Cate! I neglected to mention the bookmark which was blackeyed Susans instead of poppies. We don't grow poppies here; I need to discover the reason since I love them too. Thank you! (Anybody looking at the size of my library would slap my fingers right off the keyboard for asking for anything else. You and I and the Viragoites know it doesn't work that way.....) (Also retired persons have an unfair advantage over the gainfully employed who may not check the website 2 or 3 times a day.)
Blessings on your head!
I am forever in your debt and completely pleased with the *Boys*. I'd never have found them around here. Thank you, Cate, and I'll keep my grubby greedy paws out of your library from now on!
Oh Cate, I'm as excited as I am guilty. I'll give everybody else a chance at everything else for a long time now, but thank you.
Thank you again, Cate, and for the lovely card too! I believe I'll have a go at *APS* when I finally drag myself through the last few pages of For Love Alone and write some kind of review. I wish I could get somebody who adores this book to tell me why.
(Your calligraphy is quite lovely too!)
Your grateful,
Thanks for the comment on Elizabeth Jolley. I own a couple - not sure whether one is a Vera Wright; am pretty sure that the other is not. I tend to enjoy the moderns whether I know what's going on or not.
Hope, in fact, that you are enjoying the remnants of your weekend.
Having looked up, I see that you've added one of my current books, *The Other Elizabeth* which I'm using as a reward after every 50 pages or so of the Christina Stead. I'd be interested to know what you think of *Voluptuous Peanut Butter* when you've read it. I discovered the Orange Prize in 08 and have at least liked every single one of the several books from the list that I was able to get hold of. Last year's list, however, didn't look nearly so appealing. I've read only *Girl in Blue Dress,* and was pleased but not that pleased.
Peggy the L again
Couldn't help noticing you have the Lehmann bio. I read it a few years ago and then put it on paperbackswap because I loathed her so much after reading it. It made for marvelous reading but what a bitch she was!!!!
Hey Cate - thanks for adding me to your list! Where on earth do you live in California that is 3 hours from a main center? Is that possible?

Ohh! How nice to be added as one of your interesting libraries. I see we share a few books, lots of lovely Viragos.
Cate, "Mistress of Nothing" won the Governor General's award for Canadian Lit the other day. I see that you have it...have you read it and did you like it? Please and thanks!
Hi Cate and thank you so much for your message. Yes, I bought it via ebay but it was only volume 1. However, I have also just bought Volume 2 for £4.38 and free post and packing. I checked in your library and see that you also have the Virago editions. I was going to offer to get you which ever you lacked, but as it is I see you too have both volumes! Lovely to hear from you and do hope that all is well with you. Hugs across the pond Julie x
Hi Cate,

Initially I entered books manually on GR, but that was a tedious process so I deleted everything and exported my LT library. It was well worth it and I only had to spend a couple of hours making some minor changes. In the process I also discovered I had several duplicate copies of books and wrong covers here on LT, so I tidied up my LT catalog as well. Now I always update both libraries at the same time. LT will always be home, but I like having a back up.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. I'm writing two exams this week so no fun reading for me!

Hiya - thanks for your message. Yup - in daylight savings here too and it's dark just after 5. Wish there were more streetlamps as my running is not the most fun when I can't see where I am putting my feet!

never mind - a glorious crisp Autumn day today and went for a walk with a good friend down by a canal in Warwickshire - a lovely day!

Hope all is well

Liz x
Hi, Cate -- There's a public photo album of some recent photos of Ellie here:

Including the recent spooky suit for Halloween!

Thanks for the reply and the posting of such a wonderful library! -- Jen
Yeah, it was buried way in there, but I was enjoying looking at all the pictures so I kept flipping.
Hmmm . . . I really should become a librarian: I love finding out information! All I did was a Google images search for Sarah Bernhard and kept flipping through the pictures until I found that one. By the way, there is a lot of great art with her as a subject.
Cate: is it possible that the artist of Sarah is Manuel Orazi? Apparently he was born in Rome in the 1860s and died in Paris in 1934.
I LOVE your profile picture! Who's the artist?
Hi Cate,
It was very nice of you to stop by; thank you!! You are the second person this week who had lived in Saratoga Springs for a time, moved, and described it as "magical." And it is! We moved to Saratoga Springs in 1999, to be closer to my Mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1998. I lived in Albany prior to our move to Wilmington, so I was familiar with Saratoga Springs. Since my husband was not too happy about our move, I let him choose where we would live, and he chose Saratoga Springs because he liked the atmosphere and was amazed at the hustle and bustle on Broadway on a cold March day. Our traveling days are now limited because in 2005, my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and his favorite place is home. My mother passed away last November, and now I care for him full time.
I have a high school friend (my third-grade beau), who lives in Danville. His business is in San Francisco, and he loves California. Our high school was rather small, so a number of us still communicate by e-mail on a regular basis.
When we moved here, you were still living in Saratoga Springs! I wonder if we passed each other in the library at one time or another.
Do stop by anytime... When I have more time, I will peruse your extensive library.

Kindest regards,
You are very welcome. But, as seems to be customary with Book Depository, they only send one book at a time. Expect another surprise then:-) XXXX Lois
Oh, and I see that we both just added "The Haunting of Sylvia Plath" to our libraries. I can't wait to dig into that one. What a fascinating personality. Some of these bigger than life personalities have some really dark places within their psyches.
Hello Cate;
I read "Out of Love" the other day and of course I thought of you. I loved this book so much that I ran right to the computer and ordered the other 6 books that Victoria Clayton has out in print. Did you know that she is still writing? She is just in her forties and has many years of writing ahead of her. Which means we have many years of enjoyment ahead of us. Again, I want to thank you for sharing this read with me. I just enjoyed it tremendously. I laughed and chortled my way throughout the entire novel.
Mark and I have been discussing the possibility of another group read in November and want your input. We have narrowed it down to two books at this point. "The People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks and "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield. So chat it up with friends or us and let us know if you are up for it and what you think. Probably the same plan as with "Pillars of the Earth" which seemed to work out perfectly for almost all of us.
Think it over and give one of us a shout.
hugs and looking forward to hearing from you,
Lucky you---I think that is my longest post ever.
Sorry about that. I didn't realize how long winded I was.
Hi Cate;
Just got home late yesterday and wanted to stop over and say "Hey, how's it going?"
Have you been reading any good books while I was gone? I only read one complete book while at Robbi's. "Battle Cry of Freedom" and it was mesmerizing. She and my friends kept me very busy for all of the 2 weeks. I was able to almost finish another on the flight home.
It was soo good to get home until I got home and found the dishes hadn't been done in 2 weeks; my last coffee cup was still in the sink. But apparently they ate out a lot. But the hubby took awesome care of the grandsons while I was away and of my mother also (and was happy to do it so I could go and spend some time with Robbi) so I didn't say anything about anything. I am just so appreciative that I was able to go and be with her for those two weeks. I got up at 5 A.M. today and cleaned the bathroom and did the dishes. The rest I will catch as catch can, but at least now the bathroom doesn't smell like a latrine and when I want to eat I can find a clean dish. So it's all good.
We went to the Pocket Sandwich Theater while I was there and they were showing a vaudevillian type play in which the actors interact with the audience. Popcorn fights are the rage and we had a blast throwing popcorn at the actors and other patrons and having popcorn rain down upon us as well. I can't wait to go back the next time!~! It was so much fun.
And they have Half Price Books stores all over the Dallas/Ft Worth/Plano/Irving/McKinny area. I think we hit everyone of them and I had to go to the P.O. and ship books home so as not to have to pay the heavy toll to check baggage at the airport. I travel so light. One very small back pack and my purse. That's it. Needless to say I do a lot of laundry while there, but traveling light just works for me.
Missed you and our conversations while I was gone. Can't wait to catch up on your thread and all the others. But I wanted to say hello as I know it will take time to play catch up.
Will see you on your thread.
Thankyou for your message Cate - my mum often mentions you. I want to get into the habit of writing reviews after reading all of my books, but I'm finding it hard to get around to it- There's one book that I have read that I intend to review, but I've been busy studying for my school exams. Once they are over, I plan on going back and reviewing books I have read recently.
Have you not written any reviews?

Thanks for the warm welcome. Is your name a tip to "Glass Menagerie?" Your list of favorite authors can be almost a duplicate of mine. I have this thing for the Bloomsburys and those, like Vita Sackville-West, who have connections. Sometimes I think their lives are more interesting than their writings...well, not really, but just as. Have you read any of James Lees-Milne's diaries. He was a good friend and biographer of Harold Nicholson and knew, and disapproved of, the Strachey-Bell-Woolf set. But what wonderful gossip! And you like Byatt! One of my favorite reads from this year is Angels and Insects.

Has your Persephone book bag arrived yet?

Dear Bleu:
If your parents have been living in st pete, maybe they have some intellectual friends to pass along. I dont know anyone here yet, and would like to meet some other bibliophilic old geezers. Please ask them if they know of anyone I might be able to meet to go on museum or bookstore toots with, or just hang out.
If the old man croaks before I do, I would love to move to England. As long as he is here with me, we can't move across the street!~! Ha!
Thank you so very much. I (and my new shelf) are very appreciative.
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