• The day broke grey and dull. The clouds hung heavily, and there was a rawness in the air that suggested snow. A woman servant came into a room in which a child was sleeping and drew the curtains. She glanced mechanically at the house opposite, a stucco house with a portico, and went to the child's bed.

    W. Somerset Maugham (2016). “Of Human Bondage (Diversion Classics)”, p.3, Diversion Books