Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
I just love the way the English vicar is studying the hustling young American typewriter salesman, the way Jane Goodall studied the gorillas.
"Upon my word," Mr. Penzance commented, and his amiable fervour quite glowed, "I like that queer young fellow - I like him. He does not wish to 'butt in too much.' Now there is a rudimentary delicacy in that. And what a humorous, forceful figure of speech! Some butting animal - a goat, I seem to see, preferably - forcing its way into a group or closed circle of persons."
His gleeful analysis of the phrase had such evident charm for him that Mount Dunstan broke into a shout of laughter.