Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Surprise -- attitudes on makeup have changed in the last 300 or so years -- but not so much: from Moll Flanders, written in 1722, a description of a rapidly aging woman in her late forties preparing for a meeting:

I dressed to all the advantage possible, I assure you, and for the first time used a little art; I say for the first time, for I had never yielded to the baseness of paint before, having always had vanity enough to believe I had no need of it.


At 3:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sasha, why are you still reading that

At 5:43 AM, Blogger alex said...

i feel compelled to finish a book after i've started it...who knows, i think, maybe it will get more interesting? but it never does.


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