Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 13 March 1844:
'My dearest friend I return Mr Reade's letter which amused me more perhaps than it
[italics]shd[end italics] have done, as representing a human being bound, so, upon the
agonizing wheel of an extreme & incessant vanity [...] Did you not laugh out loud when you
read it? [goes on to mock Reade's views on his contemporaries in literature]'