In this particular province of the past, Dymphna smokes a cigarette. Indoors. And in an art gallery, no less.
Those were different times. The poets studied rules of verse, and all the ladies rolled their eyes.
Our Russian commenter Elena requested that I post a photo of Dymphna when she was young. This is among the best from those early years. It was taken in 1982, when she was in her early forties, at the opening for one of my art shows in Washington D.C.
The photo of Dymphna holding the puppy (posted here) remains my overall favorite, but this one is a close second.
* L. P. Hartley, from The Go-Between