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|Ch.3: A dab of powder (L&T question)
Written by Line
(10/8/2008 9:08 a.m.)
the most deplorable looking personage you can imagine; his face the colour of mahogany, rough and rugged to the last degree, all lines and wrinkles, nine grey hairs of a side, and nothing but a dab of powder at top.
This reminded me of previous discussions of Mr. Bennet's powdering gown in P&P... As I picture it, the "dab of powder" would have been more along the lines of a bit of face powder to keep down the shine on the Admiral's bald head, rather than the amount of powder used to powder hair or a wig, is that right? However, how would Sir Walter know that the Admiral was wearing any powder at all - usually powder used in this way doesn't show, does it? Also, from the sound of it, I get the impression that Sir Walter would expect any bald man to hide it with a wig - what do others think?
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