"I put it down to the influence of Baudelaire, sir."
"What's this?" cried Walser, amazed enough to drop his professional imperturbability.
"The French poet, sir; a poor fellow who loved whores not for the pleasure of it but, as he perceived it, the horror of it, as if we was, not working women doing it for money but damned souls who did it solely to lure men to their dooms, as if we'd got nothing better to do. . . Yet we were all suffragists in that house; oh, Nelson was a one for 'Votes for Women', I can tell you!"
"Does that seem strange to you? That the caged bird should want to see the end of cages, sir?"