„She had promised him she would consider his question [of marrying him] […]. But this was not the case; she was wondering if she were not a cold, hard, priggish person, and, on her at last getting up and going rather quickly back to the house, felt, as she had said to her friend, really frightened at herself.“
— Henry James, buch The Portrait of a Lady
Quelle: The Portrait of a Lady (1881), Ch. XII.