Oddly admiring descriptions of a dead body…

“The body which lay in the tub was that of a tall, stout man of about fifty. The hair, which was thick and black and naturally curly, had been cut and parted by a master hand…The clean shaven lips were full and sensual, and the dropped jaw showed teeth stained with tobacco. On the dead face the handsome pair of gold pince-nez mocked death with grotesque elegance; the fine gold chain curved over the naked breast.”

Dorothy L. Sayers, Whose Body?, (New York: Boni and Liveright, 2009), 16.

 

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