December 22, 2006: Waugh on Providence - 0 Comments

"'Mr. Goodall,' Guy could not resist asking, 'do you seriously believe that God's Providence concerns itself with the perpetuation of the English Catholic aristocracy?' -'But of course. And with sparrows, too, we are taught.'"

- Waugh, Men at Arms, 1952.

December 20, 2006: Waugh on sudden wrath - 0 Comments

"The words were not well chosen; lame or sound, Guy was not built to inspire great physical fear, but sudden wrath is always alarming, recalling as it does the awful unpredictable dooms of childhood; moreover Guy was armed with a strong stick which he now involuntarily raised a little."

- Waugh, Men at Arms, 1952.

December 18, 2006: Nesbit on marriage - 0 Comments

"'I suppose I shall have to be married some day,' said Peter, "but it will be an awful bother having her round all the time. I'd like to marry a lady who had trances, and only woke up once or twice a year.'"

- E. Nesbit, The Railway Children, 1906