‘Take Byron,’ she pursued. ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know. He swept Europe with that line; and they still fall for it, believe me. And then look at Shelley. He did good like blazes to every woman he took up with, and what happened? They got madder than hornets, or threw themselves in ponds. None of Byron’s women ever committed suicide, that I can remember offhand.’
Renault, Mary. The Friendly Young Ladies. London: Virago Press, 2005. 1-84408-136-2. (First published 1944).