As part of my effort to be better read, I’ve been working my way through all the free classics and ‘must-reads’ on Amazon. I’m currently reading The Thirty-Nine Steps, and am thoroughly enjoying it despite the continual lucky breaks and unlikely coincidences. I also came across this line, which strikes me as the perfect character description:

‘His name was Marmaduke Jopley, and he was an offence to creation.’

Love it. The next time someone really annoys me, that one’s going to come to mind.

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