‚And I hope,‘ added my godmother in conclusion, ‚the child will not be like her mama; as silly and frivolous a little flirt as ever sensible man was weak enough to marry.
For,‘ said she, ‚Mr Home is a sensible man in his way, though not very practical: he is fond of science, and lives half his life in a laboratory trying experiments – a thing his butterfly wife could neither comprehend nor endure; and indeed,‘ confessed my godmother, ‚I should not have liked it myself.‘Villette –
First published in 1853
This edition first published in Penguin Classics 2004
This edition published 2016