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an Early English Insult and an Edwardian Cut (with a dapper fellow thrown in for good measure)

15 December, 2009

‘His company is like a parenthesis to a discourse: you may admit it, or leave it out, it makes no matter’
-Crispinella in The Dutch Courtesan

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Saul Steinberg

“‘Oh, how do you do, Mrs. Brown?’ said Mrs. Tomkins. ‘If only I had known you were going to call I should have tidied up the drawing room.'”

Lucretia’s devastating critique:

‘Drawing-rooms are always tidy’”

Edith Wharton, age 11

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