Miss Perkins

Whenever Miss Perkins was talking, her eyes were always darting about her audience to make sure everyone was listening. Her voice was high-pitched, and rose as she came to the end of a sentence. Her words came out clearly and she never said ‘er’ or ‘um’.

Her brown hair was tied in a bun at the back of her head, and there was never a hair out of place. She had thinly plucked eyebrows above a pair of small brown eyes, and on the end of her nose was a pair of pince-nez. The nose was slim, but not long and the mouth, whenever shut, was tight. There was a sparse covering of make-up on the face, the lips just picked out with red lipstick.

A frilly blouse adorned the body, but this was covered over with a hand-knitted cardigan. The tweed skirt came to just below the knees. Brown stockings covered the rest of her legs, with two inch heeled shoes on the feet.

She walked smoothly with her back straight and her head held up. Rarely would she look down, the only occasions being on pavements, which she considered dirty places.

Her slim figure gave the impression she did not eat much, and when she did it was probably food with the right amount of calories in.

Miss Perkins would have made a very good Duchess, if she were not born into a poor family

Teacher’s Comments

‘slim’ – perhaps ‘thin’ or ‘sparse’ would be better here

Last sentence – This spoils the effect

Generally, an excellent description

(c) M. Robert Gibson
First written 1977-10-12
School exercise.
Don’t forget, it was written by a schoolboy.
It is published here for purely selfish vanity reasons.