4 October 2012

Something Very Repugnant

A. C. Benson, Where No Fear Was (London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1914), pp. 96-7:
There is something very repugnant in an elderly person who is bent on proving his importance and dignity, in laying claim to force and influence, in affecting to play a large part in the world. But there is something even more afflicting in the people who drop all decent pretence of dignity, and pour the product of an acrid and disappointed spirit into all conversations.