Mary Robinette Kowal
Shades of Milk and Honey (2010) 
- All page numbers from the hardcover edition published by Tor
- They could not see the effort which went into the art, and would consequently grow bored with it more quickly.
- Chapter 3 (p. 38)
- “But this would be such a fine match, don’t you think?” Mrs. Ellsworth insisted.
“He dances well, but more than that I am not willing to say without any acquaintance with his character.”
- Chapter 3 (p. 42)
- “These accomplishments are what make a home comfortable.”
Melody said, “I thought that a home was made comfortable by those who live in it and their regard for one another.”
“This is true, Miss Melody, but if one presumes the affection which should be in all homes, then those homes which are most comfortable are also those which possess an understanding and appreciation for the arts.”
- Chapter 4 (p. 54)
- Without passion there is no art, only technique.
- Chapter 15 (p. 192)
- “Murder, I’m afraid, if someone does not intervene.”
He laughed. “Oh, you women are so melodramatic. Do no expect me to catch you when you faint.”
“I would rather hit the ground. Good day, sir.”
- Chapter 24 (p. 268)