Tuesday, May 15, 2012

'For beauty, starv'd with her severity'

Yes, yes -- Rebekah Brooks, "a close confidante of Rupert Murdoch, was charged on Tuesday with interfering with a police investigation into a phone hacking scandal that has rocked the tycoon's empire," as Reuters reports breathlessly. But I find myself transfixed by her Edwardian Era looks. Only a corset or bodice topped with an embarrassment of jewels is missing from the imagery of this classical, fiery-haired English woman.

Naturally, the words of Romeo spring to mind:
She hath, and in that sparing makes huge waste;
For beauty, starv'd with her severity,
Cuts beauty off from all posterity.
She is too fair, too wise, wisely too fair,
To merit bliss by making me despair.

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