Aunt Dot And Her Camel: Rose Macaulay

François_Dubois_Allegories_of_the_continents_Asia‘Take my camel, dear’, said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.

Rose Macaulay 1881-1958

The Towers of Trebizond 1956

This is one of the most famous opening lines of a novel. My illustration is a little naughty in that it seems unlikely that Aunt Dot would have attended High Mass thus clad. We must assume that she slipped into something more comfortable than her best Sunday attire before asking for her camel to be tethered. Suspend your disbelief!

The illustration is Allegories of the four continents: Asia by François Dubois (1790–1871) via Wikimedia

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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