Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), The American Senator
, Part II, Chapter VI (Mrs. Masters complaining about her step-daughter Mary's refusal to marry Larry Twentyman; "that old woman" is Lady Ushant):
"She don't like him because he works for his bread,—that's what it is; and because she's been taught by that old woman to read poetry. I never knew that stuff do any good to anybody. I hate them fandangled lines that are all cut up short to make pretence. If she wants to read why can't she take the cookery book and learn something useful?"