There are lots of good reasons for taking up the practice of reading the classics, and Grace Stepney added another to our list while attempting to sour an aunt on her neice. And she nearly learned it the hard way.
It was agreeable to shock Mrs. Peniston, but not to shock her to the verge of anger. Miss Stepney was not sufficiently familiar with the classic drama to have recalled in advance how bearers of bad tidings are proverbially received, but she now had a rapid vision of forfeited dinners and a reduced wardrobe as the possible consequence of her disinterestedness.
So, on what do I blame my lack of dinner invites and sad summer clothes options?