The Howling Owl
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The Howling Owl

Essay

The Laughing Cavalier

Seeks Lady with a Fan

By Frans Hals — https://www.oxfordartonline.com/page/wallace-collection-guide, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2169368

Have come to the café, Lord Roberts on the Green. It is Tuesday afternoon, a cloudy, cool day, rain imminent, and the café is almost empty save for two mothers, each with a small boy.

I wonder if my eyesight is waning. Their mouths are not clear. This is not helped by Mother Number One holding her phone to her ear, thus obscuring…

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