These two venerable ladies went about town on all days of the week. It was their habit to roundly and unfailingly condemn every acquaintance whom they glanced upon, and various and sundry others whom they had never laid eyes on before: This one was miserly, that one frivolous. She was too boisterous, he too withdrawn. There was a liar, there a thief, and there a fraud. This rather singular pastime unsurprisingly did not win the pair many friends, but if you had asked the two why this was, they would undoubtedly have replied that young people these days were much too judgmental, denounced you as nosy, and gone off in high dudgeon.
Side note: after I had named Euphemia, I found out that the name means "to speak well." Ironic, no? Arabella means "prayerful." Hardly more appropriate; what were the late Mr. and Mrs. Spriggs thinking?