• I think that the desire to be cruel and to hurt (with words because any other way might be dangerous to ourself) is part of human nature. Parties are battles (most parties), a conversation is a duel (often). Everybody's trying to hurt first, to get in the dig that will make him or her feel superior, feel triumph.

    Jean Rhys, Francis Wyndham, Diana Melly (1984). “The letters of Jean Rhys”, Viking Adult