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Miss Climpson on the Gender Wars

Miss Climpson on the Gender Wars

“I think men are apt to be jealous of women,” replied Miss Climpson, thoughtfully, “and jealous does make people rather peevish and ill-mannered. I suppose that when one would like to despise a set of people and yet has a horrid suspicion that one can’t genuinely despise them, it makes one exaggerate one’s contempt for them in conversation. That is why, my dear, I am always very careful not to speak sneeringly about men—even though they often deserve it, you know. But if I did, everybody would think I was an envious old maid, wouldn’t they?” 

— Miss Climpson to Miss Findlater in Dorothy L. Sayers’s Unnatural Death (1927)

Lord Peter’s Opinion on “Modern” Literature

Lord Peter’s Opinion on “Modern” Literature

“After all, it isn’t really difficult to write books. Especially if you either write a rotten story in good English or a good story in rotten English, which is as far as most people seem to get nowadays. Don’t you agree?”

 

— an observation of Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy L. Sayers’s Unnatural Death (1927)