It’s comfortably affirming, reading the work of writers able to set to print, moments experienced universally by individuals in like circumstances. Diana Gabaldon is one of those.

On page 86 of the sixth book of her ‘Outlander’ series, I read this married moment between Brianna and Roger. Brianna’s strong interest in conjuring modernizations (being originally from the 1900s) for her 1770s living, led to her obtaining a bottle of phosphorus, for making matches. Her husband, also from the 1900s, feels concerned keeping liquid phosphorus in their cabin, due to the rapacious curiosity of their three year old:

Roger picked up the jar for safekeeping, holding it as though it might go off in his hands. He wanted to ask whether she were insane, but had been married long enough to know the price of injudicious rhetorical questions.