Invention, energy, wit, style, charm—they've all got to be paid for in hard cash.
How can you be anything but lonely on two quid a week? And in loneliness no decent book was ever written.
They were one of those depressing families, so common among the middle-middle classes, in which nothing ever happens.
Probably the greatest cruelty one can inflict on a child is to send it to school among children richer than itself.