• She had been bored all afternoon by Percy Gryce... but she could not ignore him on the morrow, she must follow up her success, must submit to more boredom, must be ready with fresh compliances and adaptibilities, and all on the bare chance that he might ultimately decide to do her the honour of boring her for life.

    Edith Wharton (2013). “House of Mirth and the Age of Innocence”, p.28, Simon and Schuster