“‘Do you do any work besides teaching?’ said Sarah, in a social manner.
“‘People always regard teaching as a side line. Well, I am writing a book of essays.’
“‘Oh, not a real book?’ said Tamasin.
“‘No, not one with a beginning and an end.’
“‘That would be more difficult.’
“‘Yes, it would.’
“‘Does a book of essays take very long?’
“‘Not the book itself, but I have come to putting in the charm. I put in so much, that I had to take some out; and that seemed a waste, and I put it back.'”
Ivy Compton-Burnett, Manservant and Maidservant