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Elizabeth von Arnim

  • Mr. Wilkins, a solicitor, encouraged thrift, except that branch of it which got into his food. He did not call that thrift, he called it bad housekeeping.

  • He produced the impression of keeping copies of everything he said ...

  • ... the very way Mrs. Arbuthnot parted her hair suggested a great calm that could only proceed from wisdom.

  • ... if you have once thoroughly bored somebody it is next to impossible to unbore him.

  • ... she usually liked everybody most when they weren't there.

  • ... he was the man for trouble. He regretted, of course, that people should get into it, but being in he was their man.

  • ... she was not reading. Her great dead friends did not seem worth reading that night. They always said the same things now — over and over again they said the same things, and nothing was to be got out of them any more for ever. No doubt they were greater than any one was now, but they had this immense disadvantage, that they were dead.

  • If she and Job had had children they too, by this time, would be all scattered and anyhow. Grown up. Married. And of course making a grandmother of her. Incredible, the things one could be made by other people. Fancy being forced to be a grandmother, whether you liked it or not!

Elizabeth von Arnim, Australian-born English writer

(1866 - 1941)

Real name: Mary Annette “May” Beacham Russell Russell von Arnim. (See also quotations under Mary Annette Russell.) Books that she authored simply as “Elizabeth” are listed under Elizabeth von Arnim.