Tuesday, September 1, 2015

She is too fond of books

“In the attic Christie was discovered lying dressed upon her bed, asleep or suffocated by the smoke that filled the room. A book had slipped from her hand, and in falling had upset the candle on a chair beside her.... ‘I forbade her to keep the gas lighted so late, and see what the deceitful creature has done with her private candle!’ cried Mrs. Stuart.... ‘Look at her!... She has been at the wine, or lost her wits.... She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.’”

—Louisa May Alcott, “Servant,” Work: A Story of Experience, 1873 (pp. 31–33)

Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888)
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