AS Byatt interview: Nothing like the Dame.
A.S. Byatt: On the nature of writing.
"I love Montreal and I love the French language, so the thought of the Grand Prix is peculiarly pleasing. I am looking forward to speaking both languages in a civilized way."
For Griselda, in The Children's Book, "civilized" was a high form of praise.
The more I mull it over, the more The Children's Book, of the more than half-dozen Byatt books I've read, is by far my favourite (overtaking Babel Tower, because it's more accessible, easier, I totally get it!, or maybe I'm just smarter now).