a gift, Orton’s agent, Peggy Ramsay, bought him a fur coat
at a cost of thirteen pounds fifteen.
‘You look very pretty in that fur coat you’re
wearing’, Oscar Lewenstein said as we stood on the corner
before going our separate ways. I said, ‘Peggy bought it
me. It was thirteen pounds fifteen.’ ‘Very cheap,’
Michael White said. ‘Yes, I’ve discovered I look better
in cheap clothes.’ ‘I wonder what the significance
of that is?’ Oscar said. ‘I’m from the gutter,’
I said. ‘And don’t you ever forget it because I wont’.
Orton Diary, 9th January, 1967.
Leicester City Council
Orton diary excerpt © The Orton Estate.
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