What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb. American novels, answered Lord Henry.
It is a little plaything-house that I got out of Mrs Chevenix's shop, and it is the prettiest bauble you ever saw. It is set in enamelled meadows with filigree hedges?barges as solemn as Barons of the Exchequer move under my window? Thank God! theThames is between me and the Duchess of Queensberry.
'If everybody minded their own business,'the Duchess said, in a hoarse growl,'the world would go round a deal faster than it does.'
Were it not for imagination, Sir, a manwould be ashappy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a Duchess.
It certainly is a situation of great delicacy but, at the same time, one in which it would seem I hold fifty per cent of the bargaining power in order that the Duchess and I can plan for the future in the most constructive and convenient way.
No doubt there were other first cousins as badly off, or perhaps worse, as to whom the Duchess would care nothing whether they were rich or poor, married or single; but then they were first cousins who had not had the advantage of interesting the Duchess.Anthony Trollope
"Tut, tut, child," said the Duchess. "Everything's got a moral if only you can find it."Lewis Carroll
Being published by the Oxford University Press is rather like being married to a Duchess: the honour is almost greater than the pleasure.