One of the few sane, wise and kindly friends the young Fuchsia has, Dr. Prunesquallor enlightens her as to what it takes to be a lady.  Or a gentleman, I’d suggest. 

‘Take it from me, Fuchsia dear, the only ladies are those to whom the idea of whether they are or not never occurs … It’s equipoise, my gipsy, equipoise that does it – with a bucketful of tolerance thrown in.’

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Source: Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, introduction by Anthony Burgess (London: Vintage Books, 1998), p 442

Image credit: Last Summer Things Were Greener (1901), John Byam Liston Shaw; courtesy Birmingham Museums Trust

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