“Her godparents or whoever wished it on to her should have been guillotined!”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Jo to the Rescue, 1945)


I remember I was very much amused when I frst heard her Christian name; it was Zoraïde… But the Continental nations do allow themselves vagaries in the choice of names, such as we sober English never run into. I think, indeed, we have too limited a list to choose from.

(Charlotte Brontë, Villette, 1853)