Cold Comforting Humour

by Charlotte Reads Classics

‘I think it’s degrading of you, Flora,’ cried Mrs Smiling at breakfast. ‘Do you truly mean that you don’t ever want to work at anything?’
Her friend replied after some thought:
‘Well, when I am fifty-three or so I would like to write a novel as good as “persuasion”, but with a modern setting, of course. For the next thirty years or so I shall be collecting material for it. If anyone asks me what I work at, I shall say, “Collecting material.” No one can object to that. Besides, so I shall be.’
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm