'You know how Perry's always using hundred-dollar words he doesn't
half know the meaning of?'
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood.
Thursday, 17 May 2007
After further research into the Miss Thompson twins, as I believe it is now safe to refer to them, I have discovered the remarkable influence that they had on the young, and older, Winston.
Is it too much to conjecture that the young Winston's prelediction for le chapeau melon, as our whimiscal French cousins like to refer to the bowler hat, was as a direct influence of these two formidale ladies?
He certainly continued with the style into his later years.
Though, perhaps, he eventually rebelled against it.