The Miss Jean Brodie Effect at Work in the Botanic Gardens

Autumn, with her glass and grapes, idling by the stairs in the Botanic Gardens with her three Season friends, caught my attention as I hurried away from sketching class to get back home for the afternoon shift. The trip to paper has given her a more rakish air, and she has assumed quite a bit of the look of a couple of my cousins melded together, the generic cousin so to speak. This sleight of hand is  very like Teddy Lloyd, the art teacher in 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' whose portraits of the Brodie Set always looked like Jean Brodie. There is no getting away from some things.

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