Very important to keep an open mind and allow yourself the possibility of having more than one view point. How better to do so than by having both a front and a back parlour?

And thank heaven for one’s own exceptional qualities, which are matched, surely, only by those of one’s husband.

‘Mrs. Glegg had both a front and a back parlour in her excellent house in St. Ogg’s, so that she had two points of view from which she could observe the weakness of her fellow-beings, and reinforce her thankfulness for her own exceptional strength of mind.’ 


Source: George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 127

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