On watching the Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell miniseries:
Norrell is often an unsympathetic character: callous, selfish, paranoid, ill-tempered, and any number of other disagreeable qualities. But there’s a scene in the first episode where he’s at a noisy party, and he pushes his way through a crowd of people he doesn’t know to find a quiet room. He takes a book off the shelf, and breathes in the scent of the pages before starting to read. It’s just a little moment, but for those few seconds I found myself in complete empathy with him.