... and he glanced at the backs of the books, with an awakened curiosity that went below the binding. No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on the shelf, like one who cannot.As I mentioned last week, I was really surprised to see the emphasis on reading and books in the early chapters of Our Mutual Friend. They may continue through the whole thing, which would be welcome, but I haven't read enough to know yet.
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
The way some people yearn after reading, like Mr. Boffin and Lizzie, it makes me realize afresh what a blessing it is to have such a literate population. Even if much of it rarely cracks a book, they don't have to have someone else read them signs.