I’ve been thinking about prose style a bit more recently, probably because I figure it’s something which you should have thought about by the time you do your orals. Here’s a beautiful little clunker from Charlotte Yonge:

Among the advantages of the change was the having Felix always at hand; and though she really did not see him oftener in the course of the day than at St. Oswald’s Buildings, still the knowing him to be within reach gave great contentment to Cherry.
–from The Pillars of the Family