Ragtag Daily Prompt: Antimacassar

“Whatever are you doing, my dear?” Asked Tata Sous-sus of Abigail Hoffenhoff.

“It’s called crochet,” replied Princess Pirouette’s official dresser.

“It looks difficult. With my poor eyes and arthritic fingers, I could never manage.”

“That’s a shame, my lady. It’s a wonderful way of passing time.”

“Well, what are you making?” Tata Sous-sus looked suspiciously at the lace concoction before her eyes.

“It’s called an antimacassar,” answered Abigail. “You throw them over the backs of sofas and chairs to keep them from getting soiled. They’re ever so practical.”

In horror, Tata Sous-sus’ hands flew up to her cheeks of their own accord. “Well, I never! I would never allow you to disrupt the beautiful lines of Her Highness’ furniture!”

“Not to worry, my lady,” answered Abigail patiently. “I’m sending them to my mother. You see, the men in my mother’s household don’t wear wigs.”

“They don’t!” At this point, Tata Sous-sus was in a high dungeon. “Whatever do they do?”

“They put Macassar oil in their hair to make it shiny and lie flat.”

Tata Sous-sus began to fan herself furiously. “My goodness! You foreigners certainly do have some strange habits.”

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

14 thoughts on “Ragtag Daily Prompt: Antimacassar

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed! 😺 I’ve always wondered what the older generation thought when the younger men started putting Macassar oil in their hair.

      1. I am sure the men here had some sort of lotion for sticking their hair down since they stopped wearing powdered wigs πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      2. When did wigs go out of fashion? They were around for a couple of centuries: 17th – 18th. Did they just disappear suddenly when it turned 1800?

      3. P.S. Perhaps the French Revolution had something to do with it. I’m guessing wigs were associated with aristocracy; however, Robespierre wore a big powdered wig. He had two retainers whose soul job was to keep his wig powdered. 😺

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