Friday, August 28, 2009

Department of Quotation

Friday, August 28, 2009

Loretta reports:

London 1828

March 11th

“A hideous misfortune! The operation of dyeing my hair has fared so badly, the devil knows why, that this evening I had to begin all over again. Great and small misfortunes alternate with each other in such a pleasing way that I cannot become bored. But the reign of the devil cannot last forever, and if care has turned my hair white before its time, art must make it black once more, and so care will turn to joy.”

Prince Pückler-Muskau, Puckler’s Progress


Vanessa Kelly said...

Oh, man! That's exactly what happens whenever I dye my hair!

I love Prince Puckler-Muskau.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I, too, can identify with PP-M. Yet nothing soothes my soul like a nice, trashy application of bleach. Apparently hrh was going for more the sheen of shoe black?

Loretta Chase said...

Don't you wonder what they used on their hair and what it looked like? I'm thinking shoe black, too, Michelle. Vanessa, he really is a treat. But of course now I want to know exactly what they dyed their hair with, and who else admitted it!

Susan Holloway Scott said...

Let's face it, we have ALL been there!. Your Highness, we share your pain across the centuries...

Vanessa Kelly said...

Uh, Michelle, isn't that your natural color?!

Loretta, PP-M was so sharply observant, and hilarious.

Yes, now I'm really fascinated by the subject of hair dye, too. I can just imagine some of the horrific substances they poured on their heads.

Joy B. said...

Oh this makes me laugh. I hope your writing a character who dies his hair and has it run down his shirt at the wrong time, it would be too funny.

Loretta Chase said...

Joy, I'm thinking about it, believe me.

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