23 November 2010

Quotable Powell #76

'Hullo, Nicholas. I hope my dear old Finn is not still cross with me about Szymanski?'
'There may still be some disgruntlement, sir.'
'Disgruntlement', one was told, was a word that could be used of all ranks without loss of discipline. As I heard myself utter it, I became immediately aware of the manner in which Farebrother, by some effort of the will, made those with whom he dealt as devious as himself. It was not the first time I had noticed that characteristic in him.

[Anthony Powell, The Military Philosophers]
[Contributed by Keith Marshall]