One of the best friends I made during my decade in the Tolkien Society is Florence Vilén; poet, novelist, connoisseuse of art and letters. She recently published a volume of poetry, Purpurpränt. Dikter med rim och reson. And earlier tonight when she visited us she threw out one of the aristocratic one-liners she delights in.
Florence once told me off the cuff, “The educated layman became extinct about 1940″. Tonight she happily proclaimed, “I have learned my entire vocabulary of obscene English words from the Times Literary Supplement”.