NABOKV-L post 0017985, Thu, 19 Mar 2009 21:09:54 -0700

Charlie Chaplin's prop
... PS: Can anyone confirm my feeling that Charlie Chaplin used a
simple walking stick as his tramp's prop, rather than an umbrella
which tends to have bourgeois associations? CTaH

p.s. I agree with you - - Ch Ch 's prop does seem to be a walking
stick - - hadn't thought of it before, but I do think the "Little
Tramp's" appurtenance gives him a touch of nobility which the umbrella
would not. I think the very propper middle-class umbrella belongs to
Mary Poppins, who has been seen in Mary Shepard's illustration to use
it at times as a means of locomotion. BTW, did you know Miss Shepard
is the daughter of the illustrator of the Pooh books?


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