Houses, like people, are apt to become rather eccentric if left too much on their own
Naturally he was eager to re-establish himself as Emperor, but it was not yet known where he would chuse to be Emperor of. Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Mr Norrell (who knew there were such things as jokes in the world or people would not write about them in books, but who had never actually been introduced to a joke or shaken its hand) Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, pg 41
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A fantastic story about the two magicians who returned magic to England, set in the Napoleonic era, this book is written in a wonderfully dry, humourous fashion. Mr. Norrell arrives on the scene first, he is withdrawn, selfish and more than a little unpleasant. Above all, he desires to bring about the return of magic, yet among his first acts in the book is to put a stop to the theoretical magician’s society of York.
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