The Mill on the Floss

Eliot, George

Pocket Library, 1956

p. 351

“Ugly people have great need of unusual virtues, because they are likely to be extremely uncomfortable without them. But the theory that unusual virtues spring by a direct consequence out of personal disadvantages, as animals get thicker wool in severe climates, is perhaps a little overstrained. For there are temptations of hunger just as well as of feasting.”