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Articles from December 2012

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A Bloody Waste
The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama by Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor Atlantic Books, £30, pp. 779, ISBN 97814843547808 The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an act of frivolity without parallel...
A Bloody Waste
The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama by Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor Atlantic Books, £30, pp. 779, ISBN 97814843547808 The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an act of frivolity without parallel...
A Cellar in Mayfair
There is mixed news. It must be a long time since the nightingales sang in Berkeley Square. The traffic drowned them out long ago. There are still relics of grace and piquancy, most notably in Maggs Bros bookshop. But the old Mayfair, where the nouveaux...
A Cellar in Mayfair
There is mixed news. It must be a long time since the nightingales sang in Berkeley Square. The traffic drowned them out long ago. There are still relics of grace and piquancy, most notably in Maggs Bros bookshop. But the old Mayfair, where the nouveaux...
A Chance to Look Backwards, and Forwards, and See Where You Are
To Edinburgh for Christmas this year, and I can't wait. We'll be leaving any day now, in our pathetic London squib of a car. You know the sort - it's got a fuel tank the size of a milk carton and on the motorway it sounds like a bee. It never feels...
A Christmas Carol for the Chancellor
'"You will be haunted, " resumed the Ghost, "by Three Spirits, without their visits you cannot hope to shun the path I tread. . ." ' '"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past, " said the Apparition. "Come with me, " and Scrooge followed.' The scene was as...
A Glorious Embarrassment of Riches
S o those really were the days of miracle and wonder, the time of times, or any other lyric you might care to think of. 2012 - never has a year of sport provided so many thrills and tears, so many shivers of disbelief, so much joy. From Manchester City...
A Letter from Turkey
Istanbul My Turkish never having got beyond intermediate, I always have the same conversation with taxi drivers. 'Where are you from?' 'England, actually I'm a Scotsman, ' I say. Cue suppressed giggles about skirts and whisky from the driver, perhaps...
A Letter from Turkey
Istanbul My Turkish never having got beyond intermediate, I always have the same conversation with taxi drivers. 'Where are you from?' 'England, actually I'm a Scotsman, ' I say. Cue suppressed giggles about skirts and whisky from the driver, perhaps...
Alpha Male
Can Nicky Gumbel and Holy Trinity Brompton save the Church of England? Just before stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, the late Robert Runcie told me - in a sotto voce conversation during the General Synod - that charJ J ismatic evangelical parishes...
Alpha Male
Can Nicky Gumbel and Holy Trinity Brompton save the Church of England? Just before stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, the late Robert Runcie told me - in a sotto voce conversation during the General Synod - that charJ J ismatic evangelical parishes...
American Notebook
I bumped into Steve Martin dining with Eric Idle at a Beverly Hills boite, as one does. 'I really enjoy your Spectator diaries, ' said Steve. 'And I, ' said Mr Idle. 'And you and the roller-skating nuns were the best thing in the Olympic finale, ' I...
American Notebook
I bumped into Steve Martin dining with Eric Idle at a Beverly Hills boite, as one does. 'I really enjoy your Spectator diaries, ' said Steve. 'And I, ' said Mr Idle. 'And you and the roller-skating nuns were the best thing in the Olympic finale, ' I...
As Dark and Heavy as Plum Pudding
Dressed up as a child-friendly, pocket-sized hardback, just the right size for a Christmas stocking and with a pretty front-cover illustration of two dear little children in a snowy fir forest, Inventing the Christmas Tree (Yale, £12.99) is actually...
Assault on the Ivory Tower
Plum positions once reserved for academics are now being shared among the liberal elite Look down the list of the masters, wardens and principals of Oxford colleges and you'll soon see that The Spectator 's contributing editor Peter Oborne was on to...
A Woman's Place in Homer
Christmas is the time in the church calendar when Woman-as-Mother comes into supreme prominence. But in classical literature, Women-as-Anything never seem to enjoy much of a press, being either ignored or depicted as sex-mad, treacherous drunkards -...
A Woman's Place in Homer
Christmas is the time in the church calendar when Woman-as-Mother comes into supreme prominence. But in classical literature, Women-as-Anything never seem to enjoy much of a press, being either ignored or depicted as sex-mad, treacherous drunkards -...
Bleak Beauty
Winter by Adam Gopnik Quercus, £18.99, pp. 288, ISBN 9781780874449 Adam Gopnik's dazzlingly knowledgeable and beautifully told essays on winter began life as the Massey Lecture Series on Canadian National Radio, the Canadian Reith lectures. But dismiss...
Bleak Beauty
Winter by Adam Gopnik Quercus, £18.99, pp. 288, ISBN 9781780874449 Adam Gopnik's dazzlingly knowledgeable and beautifully told essays on winter began life as the Massey Lecture Series on Canadian National Radio, the Canadian Reith lectures. But dismiss...
BOOKS Doctor in Distress
Sam Leith wonders why such a gifted man as Jonathan Miller should be so unhappy in his skin In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller by Kate Bassett Oberon Books, £20, pp. 488, ISBN 9781849434515 The passing of Jonathan Miller's father Emanuel Miller...
BOOKS Doctor in Distress
Sam Leith wonders why such a gifted man as Jonathan Miller should be so unhappy in his skin In Two Minds: A Biography of Jonathan Miller by Kate Bassett Oberon Books, £20, pp. 488, ISBN 9781849434515 The passing of Jonathan Miller's father Emanuel Miller...
Chorus of Approval
Stephen Layton, music director of Trinity College choir, tells Michael Henderson why singing is good for us Is there anything more essential to one's wellbeing than the sound of an English choir at evensong? Is there, for that matter, any word in our...
Chorus of Approval
Stephen Layton, music director of Trinity College choir, tells Michael Henderson why singing is good for us Is there anything more essential to one's wellbeing than the sound of an English choir at evensong? Is there, for that matter, any word in our...
Christmas Notebook
I used to spend a small part of every Christmas season worrying that perhaps that year, the particular year in which I was worrying, wasn't quite as Christmassy as all the others. Generally speaking, I can take all the cinnamon and cloves and ching-chingy...
Christmas Notebook
I used to spend a small part of every Christmas season worrying that perhaps that year, the particular year in which I was worrying, wasn't quite as Christmassy as all the others. Generally speaking, I can take all the cinnamon and cloves and ching-chingy...
CHRISTMAS QUIZ Set by Christopher Howse
In 2012: 1 On whose painting, 'Black on Maroon', in the Tate, did a man scrawl 'A potential piece of Yellowism'? 2 A three-year-old chicken nugget from McDonald's, Dakota City, Nebraska, said to resemble which US president, sold for $8,100? 3 Name...
Cinema Tiger Feat
Life of Pi PG, Nationwide from 20 December Wow! Just: wow! Life of Pi may be the most ravishingly beautiful film I have ever seen. It's stunning. It's gorgeous. Its visual inventiveness made me want to weep for joy. It is magical realism made magical...
Cinema Tiger Feat
Life of Pi PG, Nationwide from 20 December Wow! Just: wow! Life of Pi may be the most ravishingly beautiful film I have ever seen. It's stunning. It's gorgeous. Its visual inventiveness made me want to weep for joy. It is magical realism made magical...
Dear Mary Your Problems Solved
Once again Mary has invited some of her favourite figures in the public eye to submit personal queries for her attention. From Plum Sykes Q. I have always given Christmas presents to all my five siblings and their children. Just to put you in the picture,...
Dear Mary Your Problems Solved
Once again Mary has invited some of her favourite figures in the public eye to submit personal queries for her attention. From Plum Sykes Q. I have always given Christmas presents to all my five siblings and their children. Just to put you in the picture,...
Design in the Worst Possible Taste
What are the rules of taste at Christmas? How might the fastidious chart a neat path through this garish and cluttered carnival of unreflective consumption? How might dignity be maintained in this tinselled and glitter-balled waste of space? Actually,...
DIary
I have been much teased for my book, Celebrate: A Year Of British Festivities For Families And Friends. Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious. A spoof twitter account called @pippatips offers such pearls as: 'Enjoy a glass...
DIary
I have been much teased for my book, Celebrate: A Year Of British Festivities For Families And Friends. Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious. A spoof twitter account called @pippatips offers such pearls as: 'Enjoy a glass...
Dickens and the Profit Motive
I'm writing this from a hotel room in Stockholm where I 've been stranded for the last 24 hours thanks to bad weather. Turns out the Swedish airport authorities aren't any better at coping with snow than ours - which is surprising given how often it...
Egypt on the Brink
We must do all we can to promote democracy in Egypt - the future of the region depends on it. It is strange now to recall the jubilation with which the 'Arab Spring' was welcomed. Amid all the excitement of dictators toppling, many people here in the...
Egypt on the Brink
We must do all we can to promote democracy in Egypt - the future of the region depends on it. It is strange now to recall the jubilation with which the 'Arab Spring' was welcomed. Amid all the excitement of dictators toppling, many people here in the...
Everything Goes Dead Mad': The Strange World of Sportspeak
What tense shall we use? That's the first question autobiographers must settle. The historic present might convey a sense of immediacy. 'I'm just one race away from becoming an Olympic champion, ' Victoria Pendleton writes, describing events four years...
Family Commitments
Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise Bodley Head, £20, pp. 496, ISBN 9781847921123 Twice in my career, in very remote places, I encountered lunatics who had been chained for many years to the wall...
Family Commitments
Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise Bodley Head, £20, pp. 496, ISBN 9781847921123 Twice in my career, in very remote places, I encountered lunatics who had been chained for many years to the wall...
Fifty Shades of Santa
If bondage themed presents are all right for newborns then I have some suggestions for the rest of us. During a frantic online rummage for last-minute Christmas presents (I am too old to risk actually purchasing anything on the internet this close to...
Fifty Shades of Santa
If bondage themed presents are all right for newborns then I have some suggestions for the rest of us. During a frantic online rummage for last-minute Christmas presents (I am too old to risk actually purchasing anything on the internet this close to...
First Pluck Your Crow
The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting (and why it still matters) by Philip Hensher Macmillan, £14.99, pp. 300, ISBN 9780230767125 As fewer people write by hand, some of us who do venture to squeak a thin call of alarm, like mice behind the frescoes...
First Pluck Your Crow
The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting (and why it still matters) by Philip Hensher Macmillan, £14.99, pp. 300, ISBN 9780230767125 As fewer people write by hand, some of us who do venture to squeak a thin call of alarm, like mice behind the frescoes...
Glad Tidings
It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in...
Glad Tidings
It may not feel like it, but 2012 has been the greatest year in the history of the world. That sounds like an extravagant claim, but it is borne out by evidence. Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity. The West remains in...
Going for a Song
Robert Gore-Langton talks to Eddie Redmayne about awkward sex scenes and his forthcoming role in Les Miserables I once asked Donald Sutherland what it was like filming the famous naked love scene with Julie Christie in Don't Look Now. He said, 'It...
Going for a Song
Robert Gore-Langton talks to Eddie Redmayne about awkward sex scenes and his forthcoming role in Les Miserables I once asked Donald Sutherland what it was like filming the famous naked love scene with Julie Christie in Don't Look Now. He said, 'It...
In Praise of Inventors - and Visionaries Too
The award for the most hideous TV moment of 2012 goes to NBC - and their coverage of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. 'Apparently there's going to be a tribute to someone called Tim Berners-Lee.' 'If you haven't heard of him, we haven't...
In the Cold Light of Dawn
Henrietta Leyser The English Cathedral photographs by Peter Marlow, with texts by Martin Barnes and John Goodall Merrell Publishers, £45, pp. 127, ISBN 9781858945903 In The English Cathedral Peter Marlow of Royal Mail fame (his photographs of eight...
In the Cold Light of Dawn
Henrietta Leyser The English Cathedral photographs by Peter Marlow, with texts by Martin Barnes and John Goodall Merrell Publishers, £45, pp. 127, ISBN 9781858945903 In The English Cathedral Peter Marlow of Royal Mail fame (his photographs of eight...
Into the Limelight
Chaplin's Music Hall by Barry Anthony I.B. Tauris, £20, pp. 224, ISBN 9781780763149 The online accessibility of British population censuses has resulted in an outpouring of 'who and how we were', keeping amateur genealogists, local historians and social...
Into the Limelight
Chaplin's Music Hall by Barry Anthony I.B. Tauris, £20, pp. 224, ISBN 9781780763149 The online accessibility of British population censuses has resulted in an outpouring of 'who and how we were', keeping amateur genealogists, local historians and social...
Letters
48 the spectator | 15/22 december 2012 | www. spectator. co. uk Pogo was a political education. Simple J. Malarkey = Senator Joe McCarthy. ) I am glad to celebrate the graphic works of Posy Simmonds, Raymond Briggs, Chris Ware, Will Eisner - and now...
Letters
48 the spectator | 15/22 december 2012 | www. spectator. co. uk Pogo was a political education. Simple J. Malarkey = Senator Joe McCarthy. ) I am glad to celebrate the graphic works of Posy Simmonds, Raymond Briggs, Chris Ware, Will Eisner - and now...
Life
Religion is in decline, tradition takes a back seat to fashion, and same-sex marriage is now looked upon as normal. Previous taboos are accepted, such as swearing on television, and watching films about flesh-eating zombies and blood-sucking vampires...
Life
Religion is in decline, tradition takes a back seat to fashion, and same-sex marriage is now looked upon as normal. Previous taboos are accepted, such as swearing on television, and watching films about flesh-eating zombies and blood-sucking vampires...
London's High Life
You can take a five-minute flight across the Thames on something called the Emirates Air Line. It's a cable-car ride between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks that's sponsored by the Gulf carrier. Much else on the ride simulates a plane trip - the...
London's High Life
You can take a five-minute flight across the Thames on something called the Emirates Air Line. It's a cable-car ride between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks that's sponsored by the Gulf carrier. Much else on the ride simulates a plane trip - the...
Long Life
I have a daughter called Freya, aged seven, who sometimes makes suggestions for this column but complains that I never take any notice of them. In particular, she is cross with me for never mentioning her dog Lena, a large mongrel that looks a bit like...
Long Life
I have a daughter called Freya, aged seven, who sometimes makes suggestions for this column but complains that I never take any notice of them. In particular, she is cross with me for never mentioning her dog Lena, a large mongrel that looks a bit like...
Low Life
At the end of the carol service, the vicar invited us to stay for a cup of tea and a mince pie, to be served at the back of the church. Seeing me standing alone with my cup and saucer, one of the elderly parishioners approached with a smile of Christian...
Low Life
At the end of the carol service, the vicar invited us to stay for a cup of tea and a mince pie, to be served at the back of the church. Seeing me standing alone with my cup and saucer, one of the elderly parishioners approached with a smile of Christian...
Meals on Wheels
The British Pullman on platform 1 at Victoria station looks mad, because it is 9 a. m.and ugly British commuters are running around, looking wracked and unhappy, like extras from Les Miserables, in slightly uglier clothes. Yet this train, which could...
Meals on Wheels
The British Pullman on platform 1 at Victoria station looks mad, because it is 9 a. m.and ugly British commuters are running around, looking wracked and unhappy, like extras from Les Miserables, in slightly uglier clothes. Yet this train, which could...
National Loyalty
'The Grand National is a great race, ' one of Britain's most respected racecourse chiefs told me over lunch the other day, 'but in 2013 we'll all be watching it from behind the sofa.' Aintree's showpiece remains racing's biggest attraction, the one...
National Loyalty
'The Grand National is a great race, ' one of Britain's most respected racecourse chiefs told me over lunch the other day, 'but in 2013 we'll all be watching it from behind the sofa.' Aintree's showpiece remains racing's biggest attraction, the one...
Notebook
For obvious reasons, people are always looking for a nicer word for right-wing. For a while, they tried 'freemarket' - after all, it sounds spirited and buccaneering - but the 2008 financial crisis left that one holed below the waterline. There was...
Notebook
For obvious reasons, people are always looking for a nicer word for right-wing. For a while, they tried 'freemarket' - after all, it sounds spirited and buccaneering - but the 2008 financial crisis left that one holed below the waterline. There was...
Not Just for Christmas
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs with a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell Heinemann, £30, pp. 304, ISBN 9780679644750 New York is a strange place for dogs. As I walked back from an early morning art-world breakfast - black coffee and untouched fruit, untouched...
Not Just for Christmas
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs with a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell Heinemann, £30, pp. 304, ISBN 9780679644750 New York is a strange place for dogs. As I walked back from an early morning art-world breakfast - black coffee and untouched fruit, untouched...
Of Knowledge, Life, Good and Evil
The Tree: Meaning and Myth by Frances Carey British Museum Press, £19.99, pp. 192, ISBN 9780714150857 The British Museum contains more about trees than one might expect: trees in paintings, drawings, sculpture, and all kinds of small artefacts of wood...
Old King Noel
The Treasures of Noel Coward: Star Quality by Barry Day Andre Deutsch, £35, pp. 64, ISBN 9780233003498 What is this I hold in my hands? Is it just a book? It's quite heavy, but somehow, instinctively, one feels its light heart. When I eventually prize...
Old King Noel
The Treasures of Noel Coward: Star Quality by Barry Day Andre Deutsch, £35, pp. 64, ISBN 9780233003498 What is this I hold in my hands? Is it just a book? It's quite heavy, but somehow, instinctively, one feels its light heart. When I eventually prize...
Opera Jumping the Gun
2012 has been an undistinguished year in opera, at any rate in the UK. A combination of cutbacks and the promise of stops being pulled out next year for the bicentenaries of Verdi's and Wagner's births and the centenary of Britten's has led to the big...
Opera Jumping the Gun
2012 has been an undistinguished year in opera, at any rate in the UK. A combination of cutbacks and the promise of stops being pulled out next year for the bicentenaries of Verdi's and Wagner's births and the centenary of Britten's has led to the big...
Our Person in Brussels
One of David Cameron's great skills is his ability to separate the cares of office from the rest of his life. Samantha Cameron is never likely to say, to misquote Clarissa Eden, that 'in the past few weeks, I have really felt that the terms of the European...
Our Person in Brussels
One of David Cameron's great skills is his ability to separate the cares of office from the rest of his life. Samantha Cameron is never likely to say, to misquote Clarissa Eden, that 'in the past few weeks, I have really felt that the terms of the European...
Portrait of the Year
January Britain's public debt rose above Fred the Royal Bank of Scotland, was stripped of his knighthood. The High Speed 2 rail link between London and Birmingham was given the go-ahead. Police removed protestors' tents in Parliament Square under a...
Portrait of the Year
January Britain's public debt rose above Fred the Royal Bank of Scotland, was stripped of his knighthood. The High Speed 2 rail link between London and Birmingham was given the go-ahead. Police removed protestors' tents in Parliament Square under a...
Radio Dream Team
It's like being a fly on the wall (or maybe an earwig) at one of those fantasy dinner parties where a group of people who intrigue, infuriate or fascinate us are brought together just so we can see how they will get along. 6 Music, as a Christmas treat...
Radio Dream Team
It's like being a fly on the wall (or maybe an earwig) at one of those fantasy dinner parties where a group of people who intrigue, infuriate or fascinate us are brought together just so we can see how they will get along. 6 Music, as a Christmas treat...
Real Life
Shortly after rekindling my relationship with the builder boyfriend, I had another hairbrained scheme. I brought the mad chestnut mare in from her retirement field thinking that while I'm U-turning on crucial decisions with Cameronesque ease, I might...
Real Life
Shortly after rekindling my relationship with the builder boyfriend, I had another hairbrained scheme. I brought the mad chestnut mare in from her retirement field thinking that while I'm U-turning on crucial decisions with Cameronesque ease, I might...
Reason to Believe
In a world beset by evil, we are usually compelled towards good - surely proof of the existence of God? My belief in God is not philosophical. It is not rooted in metaphysics or reason. It springs from the heart and the senses. It is practical. Every...
Reason to Believe
In a world beset by evil, we are usually compelled towards good - surely proof of the existence of God? My belief in God is not philosophical. It is not rooted in metaphysics or reason. It springs from the heart and the senses. It is practical. Every...
Return of the Living Dead
The Cocktail Waitress The Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett Head of Zeus, £12.99, pp. 240 ISBN 9781908800206 by James M. Cain Hard Case Crime/Titan Books, £16.99, pp. 272, ISBN 9781781160329 What is it with dead American writers? Years after...
Return of the Living Dead
The Cocktail Waitress The Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett Head of Zeus, £12.99, pp. 240 ISBN 9781908800206 by James M. Cain Hard Case Crime/Titan Books, £16.99, pp. 272, ISBN 9781781160329 What is it with dead American writers? Years after...
Screen Burn
In mid-November an Indian chauffeur taking me to Broadcasting House made a detour to show me the Christmas lights in Regent Street. He wished to share the pleasure that they gave him and it was with glee that of the shops he used the terms 'top class'...
Screen Burn
In mid-November an Indian chauffeur taking me to Broadcasting House made a detour to show me the Christmas lights in Regent Street. He wished to share the pleasure that they gave him and it was with glee that of the shops he used the terms 'top class'...
Television Food, Glorious Food
Despite a wet summer, the recent crop of food programmes has been prodigious: six episodes of Nigellissima, eight of Nigel Slater's Dish Of The Day, six of Lorraine Pascale's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food, 40 of Jamie's 15-Minute Meals and 25 of Hugh's...
Thank Men for Women's Lib
The male side of the feminist struggle has been airbrushed from history Let's get this straight. I'm a feminist. That's the way I was brought up. My mum was a passionate women's libber and I always agreed with my mum - even when she was wrong - but...
Thank Men for Women's Lib
The male side of the feminist struggle has been airbrushed from history Let's get this straight. I'm a feminist. That's the way I was brought up. My mum was a passionate women's libber and I always agreed with my mum - even when she was wrong - but...
The Age of Turboparalysis
Why we haven't had a revolution More than half a decade has passed since the recession that triggered the financial panic and the Great Recession, but the condition of the world continues to be summed up by what I've called 'turboparalysis' - a prolonged...
The Age of Turboparalysis
Why we haven't had a revolution More than half a decade has passed since the recession that triggered the financial panic and the Great Recession, but the condition of the world continues to be summed up by what I've called 'turboparalysis' - a prolonged...
The Art of Christmas
Andrew Lambirth celebrates the cards he received over the years from his artist friends. ARTS The a r t o f Ch r i stma sed O ne of the most important and enjoyable Christmas decorations in our house is the profusion of Christmas cards. I am fortunate...
The Art of Christmas
Andrew Lambirth celebrates the cards he received over the years from his artist friends. ARTS The a r t o f Ch r i stma sed O ne of the most important and enjoyable Christmas decorations in our house is the profusion of Christmas cards. I am fortunate...
Theatre Male Bonding
Straight Bush, until 22 December Hero Royal Court, until 22 December Both these plays are about concealed sexuality. Straight, by D.C. Moore, is based on an American indie flick named Humpday. The play has one of the funniest openings you'll ever see....
Theatre Male Bonding
Straight Bush, until 22 December Hero Royal Court, until 22 December Both these plays are about concealed sexuality. Straight, by D.C. Moore, is based on an American indie flick named Humpday. The play has one of the funniest openings you'll ever see....
The Greats We Hate
Specator writers and others on the classic books they most dislike Craig Brown Which classic work do you think this comes from? 'Her teeth were white in her brown face and her skin and her eyes were the same golden tawny brown. She had high cheekbones,...
The Greats We Hate
Specator writers and others on the classic books they most dislike Craig Brown Which classic work do you think this comes from? 'Her teeth were white in her brown face and her skin and her eyes were the same golden tawny brown. She had high cheekbones,...
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