Commonplace: Maria Edgeworth, Belinda

“‘Belinda, notwithstanding all this, observe, I’m determined to retain Clarence Hervey among the number of my public worshippers during my life–which you know cannot last long. After I am gone, my dear, he’ll be all your own, and of that I give you joy. Posthumous fame is a silly thing, but posthumous jealousy is detestable.'”

– the delightful Lady Delacour in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda

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