Big sister Eliza – Overbearing, ultra-organized, spinster.
Little sister Georgiana – Vain, flirt, time-waster.
Eliza finally “loses it” one day and spews forth her life-plan, which she believes should be emulated, not only by Georgiana, but by all:
Have you no sense to devise a system which will make you independent of all efforts, and all will, but your own? Take one day; share it into sections; to each section apportion its task; leave no stray unemployed quarters of an hour, ten minutes, five minutes, include all; do each piece of business in its turn with method, with rigid regularity. The day will close almost before you are aware it has begun; and you are indebted to no one for helping you to get rid of one vacant moment; you have had to seek no one’s company, conversation, sympathy, forbearance: you have lived, in short, as an independent being ought to do.
Oh, how sad, Eliza. I’m all for organization and I love my lists, but I pray that I will never get to this point. What a warning! Never be too busy “doing” that you cease “caring.” Never favor the task over the people in your life. Otherwise, you will end up like this poor woman – alone.