Raymond Chandler, the well-known American author of novels featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe, once described a character who “was wearing a hat that looked as if it had been taken from its mother too early“.
Another favourite quote:
“Tall, aren’t you?” she said.
“I didn’t mean to be.”
Her eyes rounded. She was puzzled. She was thinking. I could see, even on that short acquaintance, that thinking was always going to be a bother to her.