Friday, December 11, 2009

Ear Say

An entry from the diary of Caroline Fox, dated 29 March 1843, published in Simon Brett, ed., The Faber Book of Diaries (London: Faber and Faber, 1989), p. 114—

The Rabbi's wife told me that all her uncles and aunts are deaf; they may scream as loud as they like in Uncle Jacob's ear to no purpose, but, by addressing his nose, he becomes quite accessible; an aunt's mode of approach is her teeth.