Voltaire was wrong. Everything is not for the best in the best of all possible worlds. Sometimes things go from bad to worse, and just when you think they are getting better, then Fate takes a hand. If you are feeling miserable, then read this book. It will cheer you up, because whatever is happening to you, can't be as bad as what is happening to Wilberforce.
At first Catherine was very pleased with me. 'You see,' she would say as I rolled back into the flat cheerfully after another day of my solitary, but satisfactory lunches. 'It makes all the difference getting ut and meeting people. You're in a much better mood now you're getting out and about'.
'Yes,' I said, 'you were absolutely right about that, darling'.