• Lucy, dear child, mind your arithmetic. You know in the first sum of yours I ever saw there was a mistake. You had carried two (as a cab is licensed to do), and you ought, dear Lucy, to have carried but one. Is this a trifle? What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors.

    Sydney Smith, Lady Saba (Smith) Holland Holland (1855). “A memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith”, p.345