Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Henry James II

Mrs Touchett might do a great deal of good, but she never pleased. This way of her own, of which she was so fond, was not intrinsically offensive - it was just unmistakably distinguished from the ways of others. The edges of her conduct were so very clear-cut that for susceptible persons it sometimes had a knife-like effect.

From Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, chapter three.

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