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Fifth Business, Robertson Davies

Mrs Dempster was not pretty–we understood prettiness and guardedly admitted it as a pleasant, if needless, thing in a woman–but she had a gentleness of expression and a delicacy of colour that was uncommon. My mother, who had strong features and stood for no nonsense from her hair, said that Mrs Dempster had a face like a pan of milk.

I envy the perfection of stood for no nonsense from her hair. Without any actual physical description, Davies forces me to imagine her hair, and tells me what kind of woman she is.

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