“I said he ought to get himself a new cossack,” said Mrs. Goodacre, laughing. “But if he prefers rock-plants, that’s his business.”
–Sayers, D.L. Busman’s Honeymoon. New York: Avon (1937/1968) p. 217.
That should be “cassock,” surely?
Note: the pic is from this blog. It’s a photo self-portrait taken by Edward Petherbridge in his dressing-room at the Lyric Theater in Hammersmith when he was playing Wimsey in Busman’s Honeymoon. He apparently donated it to the alternative health center whose director has the blog above for a fundraising raffle last year: he appears to be a friend and perhaps neighbor of the center, and to be really quite a good photographer. And– of course– to be a blogger.
How peculiar, although I’m not sure why.