• In the middle classes the gifted son of a family is always the poorest -- usually a writer or artist with no sense for speculation -- and in a family of peasants, where the average comfort is just over penury, the gifted son sinks also, and is soon a tramp on the roadside.

    John Millington Synge (2008). “The Complete Works of J. M. Synge”, p.235, Wordsworth Editions