Commonplace Book: Priorities

Compelling passages, notable quotables, bon mots, disjecta, ephemera, and miscellany.

trollopeOf old Lady Macleod I think I may say that she was a good woman; – that she was a good woman, though subject to two of the most serious drawbacks to goodness which can afflict a lady. She was a Calvinistic Sabbatarian in religion, and in worldly manners she was a devout believer in the high rank of her noble relatives. She could almost worship a youthful marquis, though he lived a life that would disgrace a heathen among heathens; and she could and did, in her own mind, condemn crowds of common-place men and women to all eternal torments for which her imagination could conceive, because they listened to profane music in a park on Sunday. Yet she was a good woman.

From Can You Forgive Her? (1864) By Anthony Trollope

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