So I've found myself ACTIVE, ASSIDUOUS, SEDULOUS, DILIGENT and INDUSTRIOUS in reading up about her this evening post dinner - and became hooked on her British Synonymy, which is a completely wonderful discursive prototype of a Thesaurus - one never knows if she's going to make reference to a classical text or to Italian customs or to large sized sheep in Leicestershire - it's as though her mind grabs at the first source that comes to mind, and this in itself suggests what fun she must have been as a conversationalist. She differentiates between near-synonyms through building up sentences with examples that show the varied occasions on which one might, indeed, use the words, making quite fine discriminations - sometimes with the effect of writing a whole imaginary plot: "...a man FORSAKES his mistress, ABANDONS all hope of regaining her lost esteem; RELINQUISHES his pretensions in favour of another; GIVES UP a place of trust he held under the government, DESERTS his party, LEAVES his parents in affliction, and QUITS the kingdom forever." What a rat.
Tomorrow, I may turn Hester into a cube. But that's another subject, and I'm still working on that.