The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
She thought it must be a lonely life for a boy who hated books.
May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it's nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen's health. Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating.
School made us 'literate' but did not teach us to read for pleasure.
In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
I blinked at her, suddenly loathing her to the depths of my soul. Not only was she probably rather evil, and definitely thoroughly unpleasant, but she also didn't read.