[Vwoolf] "Jacob's Room": crux #6

Stuart N. Clarke stuart.n.clarke at btinternet.com
Sun Aug 9 06:10:45 EDT 2015

Sure, we need a ref. for this?  I haven’t got the faintest idea where to look for tortoises in such a context – “The Times” was no use!


‘Southampton Row, however, is chiefly remarkable nowadays for the fact that you will always find a man there trying to sell a tortoise to a tailor. “Showing off the tweed, sir; what the gentry wants is something singular to catch the eye, sir—and clean in their habits, sir!” So they display their tortoises.’

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