Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Villainous two-rupee bravos
…I surveyed the company: villainous two-rupee bravos, painted harpies who should have been perched in trees, a seedy flute-and-tom-tom band accompanying a couple of gyrating nautches whom you wouldn’t have touched with a long pole, and Sikh brandy fit to corrode a bucket. I’ll never say a word against Boodle’s again, says I to myself; at least there you don’t have to sit with your back to the wall.
Flashman and the Mountain of Light, pp.170-71, Fontana Paperback edition, 1991.
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