AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY A TRAIL OF OUR HAIR
Greco rose, straightened his tie, ran a hand over his hair. This would be his first appearance in the House, and he was nervous. – Death by Deficit
Greco has every reason to be concerned about his hair. Heraclitus said character is destiny, and in Death by Deficit, character is hair. (Haha! More like Hair-aclitus!*) This is the short-handiest Rohmer of them all, when it comes to people – where they’ve been, what they want, how they’re different in even the smallest way from the other people in the room. It’s barely a novel, even for Rohmer, and characters have two jobs: tell each other about austerity and have hair. (Three. Sometimes they laugh at each other’s great jokes.)
Can You Match These Death by Deficit Characters and Their Hair?
Federal Reserve Chair Al Weinstock
RCMP staff sergeant
The Leader of His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
“full head of jet-black hair”
“a sparse scattering of wispy, combed-straight-back hair”
“thinning brown hair”
“greying, thinning hair”
“wavy salt-and-pepper hair”
“a full head of wavy grey hair”
“now grey, naturally curly, full head of hair… slight thinning at the part”
“grey hair… combed straight back”
“grey-haired, still handsome”
And Now the Ladies
Governor General Pearl McConachie
“wavy blond hair”
“wavy ebony hair”
Why nothing about Joe Nameth’s “hair”?
*The classics minor pays off again!