Quotation by Frances Burney

This perpetual round of constrained civilities to persons quite indifferent to us, is the most provoking and tiresome thing in the world, but it is unavoidable in a country town, where everybody is known.... 'Tis a most shocking and unworthy way of spending our precious irrecoverable time, to those who know not its value.
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, pp. 83-84, journal entry, August 1769, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).

Burney complains about King's Lynn, Norfolk, the town of her birth.
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