The Eroticism of Fat Men
Vachell was elated and agreed to bring Dowson to see Atherton but he was not sure of his ground. He said:
If I only can. If I can only persuade him. But he’s naturally shy, and just now in the depths. He slinks about the hotel with his eyes down, avoiding every one, and I had to pursue him before I could get him even to speak to me. But now I think he is convinced I am his friend, and he talks to me quite freely. Yes! Sooner or later I’ll induce him to meet you. The interest of a woman is what he needs to restore his self-respect.
Several days later, as Atherton and her stepsister Aleece Ullhorn were sitting drinking their coffee on the terrasse before the hotel, Vachell crossed the square ‘with a sad-looking object shambling beside him’. He wore a black sweater, he was unshaven, his hair was long and dusty, his eyes were green, his lips looked like a smudge of red sealing wax, and he had no front teeth.’