13 March 2011

Quote, unquote

Re-reading Michael Frayn's Fleet Street novel Towards the end of the morning (or, if you are in the Americas, Against entropy). As with any Frayn, it's full of more quotable lines and passages, many of them laugh out loud candidates, than I could shake a stick at (strange expression ... why would I want to shake a stick at them?), but here's one...

...they all had an air of unassuming integrity and human dignity which in [his] experience was acquired only by daily contact with very large sums of other people's money.

  • Michael Frayn, Towards the end of the morning. 1967: London: Collins. [more recent republication: 2005, London: Faber and Faber. 0571225578 (pbk.)]

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