"I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came, he opened to 'I hate to read new books,' and I hollered 'Comrade!' to whoever owned it before me."
The Earl of Spenborough had always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter was one thing, but leaving his fortune to the trusteeship of the man his daughter had jilted, was quite another.