Thursday, September 10, 2009
One of the things I find so amusing about missed connections is the minute detail men go into when they're describing the women they want to meet. It's a funny little tidbit on how times have changed. I know there are a lot of men who could probably describe with some specificity what a woman was wearing - if she was right in front of him at the time. But these men have pretty impressive memories. For example:
If the lady with purple bonnet and orange trimmings, brown silk dress, large fur cape and muff, who rode up in an Eighth avenue small car on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, and got out at Forty-fourth street and walked down the avenue, would grant an interview with the young gentleman who sat opposite to her, she will confer a favor by sending her address to Angelo, Broadway Post office.
Although the real issue here is, omg, what was she wearing??? A purple bonnet with orange trimmings? Seriously, lady? I'm not in the fashion industry, and maybe I'm wrong (it does happen on occasion!), but this does not sound very attractive. I'd say the reason Angelo here remembers so clearly is because he was temporarily blinded by her headgear, but they really were generally very observant. You see so many ads with men addressing women and describing everything down to their purses. I just don't know many men who could be so observant today.
I can't help wondering if maybe she was a prostitute, to be dressed so flagrantly, but perhaps it wasn't as bright as I am imagining. Besides, I'm not sure Angelo's behavior is completely on the up-and-up. Did he follow her down the avenue? Or was he watching her from the car? Because if she was walking the same direction as the stagecoach, I wonder why she got off when she did. Maybe to get away from this dude who was staring her down across the way?
Eh, it's probably innocent and I'm just reading into it. But I will never get over the purple bonnet with orange trimmings. Wow.
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