Letter: Portrait of a lady

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Sir: Edward Teague (5 October) asks for the military term for a female cad or bounder.

An old-fashioned answer is given in L. P. Hartley's novel The Go-Between, set at the turn of the last century. The ex-soldier Lord Trimingham says that 'Nothing is ever a lady's fault'. Is this particular Victorian value still current in military circles?

Yours faithfully,

G. R. BROOKSHAW

Eastbourne,

East Sussex

5 October

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