You know what they tell you to do when you’re assessing the value of your hand? If you’re defending – count the winners – but if you’re attacking count the losers.
Nobody understands the art of living nowadays. Catching trains, making appointments, fixing times for everything – all nonsense. Get up with the sun, I say, have your meals when you feel like it, and never tie yourself to a time or a date. I could teach people how to live if they would listen to me.
It was so hard to get an idea of people you had never seen. You had to rely on other people’s judgment, and Emily had never yet acknowledged that any other person’s judgment was superior to her own. Other people’s impressions were no good to you. They might be just as true as yours but you couldn’t act on them. You couldn’t, as it were, use another person’s angle of attack.