-George Eliot, Middlemarch
Mrs. Eliot, I am sorry to say people are of a similar opinion nowadays as well. How many times have I heard someone speak of their illegible handwriting with a note of pride in their voice? I must say, it vexes me. What good does it do anyone if your writing can't be read? What is there to be proud of, when that--reading--is the whole point? I, too, used to write illegibly, but enough teachers threw my papers away that I realized I would have to put some effort in.