The Episcopal Arachne
Ruth Gledhill's blog had a neat little tidbit about The Madwoman of Second Avenue:
Incidentally, a source tells me that at one of these recent committee meetings at St Andrew's House, one KJS whiled away the boring hours by doing her needle-point. I stand willing and hopeful of being corrected on this, because the thought that this source might just have been telling the truth is almost beyond bearing.No correction has been posted so far. This rumour led to a flurry of evocations of Mme Defarge, the villainess of "A Tale of Two Cities". But Mme Defarge was a knitter, not an embroideress. Instead, I immediately thought of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was famous for her embroidery. It was said that she used to embroider during meetings with her council or cabinet. And she was also a woman who seemed to ricochet from disaster to disaster and botched every job she tried.