"A young lady of some birth and fortune, who knelt suddenly down on a brick floor by the side of a sick labourer and prayed fervidly as if she thought herself living in the time of the Apostles—who had strange whims of fasting like a Papist, and of sitting up at night to read old theological books! Such a wife might awaken you some fine morning with a new scheme for the application of her income which would interfere with political economy and the keeping of saddle-horses. . . ."
George Eliot, Middlemarch I.i (Great books of the Western world, 2nd ed. (Chicago, IL: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1990), vol. 46, p. 206), of Dorothea.