|Pierre Auguste Renoir - Girl Reading a Book
"A girl should be two things: who and what she wants."
Anomalies: that was what they always looked for. Tiny tears in the thread of normality. Little departures from the logical sequence of a straightforward criminal investigation. It was in those insignificant details that something else often lay concealed, something that pointed to a different, unimaginable truth.
"I always think women who write books sound rather formidable."
"You'd prefer them to be stupid and feminine? To think men are wonderful?" (Prudence)
"Well, every man likes to be though wonderful. A woman need not necessarily be stupid to admire a man."See what I mean? Pym's writing (like Jane Austen's) is witty and insightful and her novels are delightful and funny. My favorite is still Excellent Women, but I enjoyed this one almost as much. Plus, it filled another category for me in the What's In A Name Reading Challenge that I'm participating in this year. (Not that I needed another reason to read this Barbara Pym novel; her novels are reason enough.)