Poor, misunderstood Topsy. She wasn't the original of the 50ft woman. Nor, when she made her celebrated remark, was it a confession at the weightwatchers' club.
What Topsy said was: "I s'pect I growed. Don't think nobody never made me" (Uncle Tom's Cabin, chapter 20).
It was a speculation about her origins.
Yours faithfully, hugh rice Christ Church Oxford 7 FebruaryReuse content