Uncle Jules’ Shirt

“Uncle Jules is as pleasant a fellow as I know anywhere. Above his long Creole horseface is a crop of thick gray hair cut short as a college boy’s. His shirt encased his body in a way that pleases me. It fits him so well. My shirts always have something wrong with them; they are too tight in the collar or too loose around the waist. Uncle Jules’ collar fits his dark neck like a tape; his cuffs folded like a napkin, just peep out past his coat sleeve; and his shirt front: the impulse comes over at times to bury my nose in that snowy expanse of soft finespun cotton.”

The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy

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