This imperious dismissal of short-cuts as immoral and inevitably causing confusion made me laugh. I have mixed feelings about them.

Where it’s an innovative way to do something faster without any loss of quality, I’m all for them; the immorality lies in corner-cutting and its implied conmanship. 

And I like processes which demand time and can’t be chivvied to a quick result – their obstinacy pleases me too. 

“I don’t hold with short cuts and the inevitable confusion to which they lead.  Short cuts are immoral.” 

Another delightful, timeless book by the wonderful children’s author of The Little White Horse.


Source: Elizabeth Goudge, Henrietta’s House (Radstock: Girls Gone By Publishers, 2013 (1942)), p. 141

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