At the time of its publication this novel was seen as ''anti-feminist" by some readers.
nvariably are wrong and never more so than when you lad-di-dah that you are right. You may be wrong, but let me tell you what you may not be. You may not be impertinent to me, sir. You may not lad-di-dah me, sir."
"Father, I really do not see why at my age I should be hounded out of the house like this every morning."
"You are hounded out, as you elegantly express it, because morning after morning, owing to your disgustingly slothful habits, you clash with me, sir. My breakfast is delayed because you clash with me, and the house is delayed because you clash with me, and the whole parish is delayed because you clash with me."
"Perhaps you're not aware that Robert clashes with me."
"Dash Robert! Are you going or are you not going?"
"Bring back the paper."
He brings it back.
Rosalie's father gives a tug at the bell cord that would have dislocated the neck of a horse. The cord comes away in his hand. He hurls it across the room.