As regards plots I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots.
"A Conversation Between I. Compton-Burnett and M. Jourdain", in R. Lehmann et al. (eds.) Orion (London: Nicholson & Watson, 1945) vol. 1, p. 2.
"Well, of course, people are only human," said Dudley to his brother, as they walked to the house behind the women. "But it really does not seem much for them to be."Ivy Compton-burnett
"Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth," said his cousin. "But we seem to have no other."Ivy Compton-burnett
Pushing forty? She's clinging on to it for dear life!Ivy Compton-burnett
Anyone who picks up a Compton-Burnett finds it very hard not to put it down.Ivy Compton-burnett
In the age of the concentration camp, when from 1935 to 1947 or so, she wrote her very best novels, no writer did more to illumine the springs of human cruelty, suffering and bravery.Ivy Compton-burnett
The most original novelist now writing in English.Ivy Compton-burnett
Un des plus grands romanciers que l'Angleterre ait jamais eus.Ivy Compton-burnett
A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.Ivy Compton-burnett