My first adventure in tea blending was with chamomile and peppermint. I drank this calming tea for many years in the evening, enjoying the simplicity of it. One day I was reading about calendula, cousin to the common marigold, that shares many properties with chamomile and decided to try it in my favorite blend. The bright yellow and orange petals looked so pretty with the green of the peppermint and the off white of the dried chamomile. And it gave a slight lift to this subtle tea that I didn’t even know I was missing. But what literary character to pair with this splendid tea? The main character in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is a young woman named Esther Sommerson. Much of the story is seen through her eyes. From the moment she enters Bleak House, its inhabitants fall under her calm and generous spell. She is without fault, giving friendship to the friendless and patient advice to the lost. She is seen as a soothing balm to those in stress, just as this tea is perfect in the evening after a stressful day.