Follow you nose, that's the recipe for an interesting life. What's the point of plotting and planning anyway? You might die tomorrow. That was Stella's problem – one of Stella's problems: she was always in a stew about what might happen and what can you do to stop it? You can't. What you do is go with the flow, see where it takes you, spot the next possibility. One thing throws up another – that's the charm of it.
Penelope Lively: How it all began