“It is an easy, liquid name; not soon forgotten.”

(Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849)


“It’s as common a French name as can be.”

(Ngaio Marsh, Last Ditch, 1977)


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)