E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
who considered whist the business of life and literature one of the relaxations. When a young gentleman, of a literary turn, said to her he had no objection to unbend his mind for a little time by taking a hand with her, Sarah was indignant, and declared it worse than sacrilege to speak thus of her noble occupation. Whist was her life business; her duty; the thing she came into the world to do, and she did it. She unbent her mind afterwards over a book. (C. Lamb: Elia.)