Miss Marjoribanks

I’m really loving Margaret Oliphant right now.  Partly because she, like Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick after her, sees Christmas as the most institutional of institutional times.  From Miss Marjoribanks:

“It was nearly six weeks after this before all Miss Marjoribanks’s arrangements were completed, and she was able with satisfaction to herself to begin her campaign. It was just before Christmas, at the time above all others when society has need of a ruling spirit” (77).