«Pity, always pity,» the Doctor said. «You ought to rewrite the Bible, ‘Pity your neighbour as you pity yourself.’ Women have such an exaggerated sense of pity. My daughter took after her mother in that. Perhaps she married you out of pity, Jones. I’m sure Mrs Montgomery would marry you if you asked her. But pity wears off quickly, when the pitied one is out of sight.»
«What emotion doesn’t wear off?» Deane asked.
Graham Greene, Doctor Fischer of Geneva and the bomb party, London 1980, 114 f.