"Thinking of D. H. Lawrence gave her courage, for people were always having impulsive sexual encounters in Lawrence. It was easier to think of doing so outside London, though she had done some fairly crazy things there, too, though never with an absolute stranger and mostly when she was a teenager and sort of miserable."
-- L'Affaire by Diane Johnson
That is such a perfect Diane Johnson passage -- a mix of titillation and erudition, with a little wry commentary ("sort of miserable") on the imagined turmoils of well-to-do women thrown in.
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