Sunday, March 27, 2011


Work Paid out of Proportion

George Eliot, Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), chapter 5:
"I'll take no employment that obliges me to prop up my chin with a high cravat, and wear straps, and pass the live-long day with a set of fellows who spend their spare money on shirt-pins. That sort of work is really lower than many handicrafts; it only happens to be paid out of proportion....I mean to stick to the class I belong to—people who don't follow the fashions."

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