Mrs. Aubrey’s husband has written a pamphlet. Mr. Langham is scandalized.
“Mrs. Aubrey, I hope you will forgive me, and Miss Rose here, if I tell you that it’s the most terrible stuff.’
‘Do tell us what he says.’
‘Well, it’s hardly stuff to amuse the ladies.’
‘Ladies are more accustomed to not being amused than gentlemen seem to realize,’ said Mamma.
--Rebecca West, The Fountain Overflows 326
(NYRB Paperback ed. 2003)