Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Troll Is A Trail

"[Miss Ingram] entered into a discourse on botany with the gentle Mrs. Dent. It seemed Mrs. Dent had not studied that science: though, as she said, she liked flowers, 'especially wild ones;' Miss Ingram had, and she ran over its vocabulary with an air. I presently perceived she was (what is vernacularly termed) trailing Mrs. Dent; that is, playing on her ignorance--her trail might be clever, but it was decidedly not good-natured." -- Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, Chapter 17

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