“You knit with great skill, madame.”
“I am accustomed to it.”
“A pretty pattern too!”
“YOU think so?” said madame, looking at him with a smile.
“Decidedly. May one ask what it is for?”
“Pastime,” said madame, still looking at him with a smile while her fingers moved nimbly.
“Not for use?”
“That depends. I may find a use for it one day. If I do - Well,” said madame, drawing a breath and nodding her head with a stern kind of coquetry, “I’ll use it!”
- conversation with Madame Defarge, in Chapter 22 of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens