Fleur! He had never regretted the somewhat outlandish name by which at her birth he had decided so suddenly to call her – marked concession though it had been to the French. Fleur! A pretty name.

(John Galsworthy, To Let, 1921)


‘Fred’ … seems to bring with it associations of weakness: as in Fred Vincy (Middlemarch) and Fred Neville (An eye for an eye), two of the weakest-kneed heroes found in the novel of the period.

(John Sutherland, Who betrays Elizabeth Bennet?, 1999)