14 April 2010

Now reading: Deadheads by Reginald Hill

A good wordsmith can give a description of what a person looks like with a few well chosen words. In the instance below one sentence was enough not just to make me see a specific physical type in my mind's eye, but also to make me laugh, not the least because who I saw in my head was basically a younger Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.


She was a good-looking woman in that rather toothy English middle-class way which lasts while firm young flesh and rangily athletic movement divert the eye from the basic equininity of the total bone structure.

1 comment:

Rose City Reader said...

"Basic equininity" -- that is fabulous.