By White and Red Describing Human Flesh
Red Cotton Night-Cap Country begins with the kind of daft argument one could only have with a friend. Browning has rented a house in Normandy for the summer, and finds that his old friend, Anne Thackeray, is his near neighbour. Anne Thackeray is planning a little book on this as yet ‘un-Murrayed’ region. Taken by its sleepy innocence she has christened it ‘White Cotton Night-Cap Country’. Browning replies that there is more than one kind of nightcap, and gives a guided tour of an imaginary exhibition of famous nightcaps; Pope’s, Hogarth’s, Cowper’s, the red nightcap forced on the grinning head of Louis XVI for the delight of the mob that howled beneath his window. At last, he gets to the point:
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