But the novel improves immeasurably in the reading. ‘Her life at this time was a mere paragraph in a novel.’


Irrepressible spirits

Mrs Delany’s triumph is that she conserved her spirit despite the strait-jacket strictures of 18th century lady-training and some crushing things arrayed against...


Lovely.  We’ve all met them, those persistent, human, politely buzzing flies.

‘But her son persisted like a politely buzzing fly.’


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