"Mrs. Price Ridley wears what, I believe, are known as 'Hats for Matrons'...They perch easily on a superstructure of hair and are somewhat overweighted with large bows of ribbon."
~The Murder at the Vicarage, Chap. 13, Agatha Christie
I read this passage last night and it just struck me as hilarious! "A superstructure of hair!" What an image! And I can see it so clearly...Even in this age when hats aren't common, I can still picture the kind of woman Christie is describing, and the kind of hat she means.
Writing a description that makes a reader react decade after decade is no easy task. We all know Christie is the Mistress of Mystery, but there are many authors gifted in the way of the pen. I encourage you to share any phrases or passages that strike you when you're reading. We can only learn from the descriptions that stay with us.
Read any lately?