Commonplace: Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

“‘If an order comes to me, which is own brother to an order come from Bedlam, it don’t matter. So long as I get it from my master or mistress, as the case may be, I obey it. I may have my own opinion, which is also, you will please to remember, the opinion of Mr. Bruff–the Great Mr. Bruff!’ Said Betteredge, raising his voice, and shaking his head at me solemnly. ‘It don’t matter, I withdraw my opinion, for all this. My your lady says, “Do it.” And I say, “Miss, it shall be done.” Here I am, with my book and my pencil–the latter not pointed so well as I could wish; but when Christians take leave of their senses, who is to expect that pencils will keep their points?'”

-Gabriel Betteredge in The Moonstone

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