WIMSEY—VANE. On the 8th October, at St. Cross Church, Oxford, Peter Death Bredon Wimsey, second son of the late Gerald Mortimer Bredon Wimsey, 15th Duke of Denver, to Harriet Deborah Vane, only daughter of the late Henry Vane, M.D., of Great Pagford, Herts.
—Dorothy L. Sayers, Busman’s Honeymoon, “Prothalamion,” 1937.
Photo: St. Cross Church, Holywell, Oxford, circa 1920. (x)
The difference between learning a modern language and an ancient language is that in first year French you learn “Where is the bathroom?” and “How do I get to the train station?” and in first year Attic Greek or Latin you learn “I have judged you worthy of death” and “The tyrant had everyone in the city killed.”
There was this girl I knew in school named L—- H—- who ripped out the collars of all her sweaters (which incidentally and accidentally I am sure displayed her marvelous and sculpted collarbones) and I always thought it was just devastatingly sexy and cool and to this day when I see a raw-edged collar like that I go “Oooh she L—- H—‘d it. Nice.”
Spoiler alert: My outfit for work tomorrow.
Lovely gif capture…