"I have undergone sharp discipline which has taught me wisdom; and then, I have read more than you would fancy." Emily Brontë
still figuring this place out - Jen W
Wow, a day concentrating on it has improved this thing immensely!
I am picking up some definite Shakespearean influences, e.g. (Osmond to Isabel):
"My envy's not dangerous; it wouldn't hurt a mouse. I don't want to destroy the people--I only want to be them. You see it would destroy only myself." p. 288
And then: "Women--when they are very, very good--sometimes pity men after they've hurt them; that's their great way of showing kindness," said Ralph, joining in the conversation for the first time and with a cynicism so transparently ingenious as to be virtually innocent."
"with a cynicism so transparently ingenious as to be virtually innocent."
That is such a fantastic line - and kind of sums up a main theme, yeah?