读过 Howards End
'I hope to risk things all my life.'
'Oh, Margaret, most dangerous.'
'But after all,' she continued with a smile, 'there's never any great risk as long as you have money.'
'Oh, shame! What a shocking speech!'
'Money pads the edges of things,' said Miss Schlegel. 'God help those who have none.'
'But this is something quite new!' said Mrs Munt, who collected new ideas as a squirrel collects nuts, and was especially attracted by those that are portable.
'New for me; sensible people have acknowledged it for years. You and I and the Wilcoxes stand upon money as upon islands. It is so firm beneath Ort feet that we forget its very existence. It's only when we see someone near us tottering that we realise all that an independent income means. Last night, when we were talking up here round the fire, I began to think that the very soul of the world is economic, and that the lowest abyss is not the absence of love, but the absence of coin.'
'I call that rather cynical.'
'So do I. But Helen and I, we ought to remember, when we are tempted to criticise others, that we are standing on these islands, and that most of the others are down below the surface of the sea. The poor cannot always reach those whom they want to love, and they can hardly ever escape from those whom the love no longer. We rich can.'引自 VII这直白露骨得简直喘不过气。。对Mrs Munt的形容也是笑得喘不过气LOL
‘… The truth is that there is a great outer life that you and I have never touched —...