From Selected Essays of Charles Lamb
WE BOTH (Mary & Charles)
"We both are both great readers in different directions. While I am hanging over (for the thousandth time) some passage in old Burton, or one of his strange contemporaries, she is abstracted in some modern tale, or adventure, whereof our common reading-table is daily fed with assiduously fresh supplies. Narrative teases me. I have little concern in the progress of events. She must have a story, -- well, ill, or indifferently told -- so there be life stirring in it, and plenty of good and evil accidents."
From Mackery End, In Hertfordshire