“I don't claim to know anything about art,” said Mr. Cox, putting his tankard down with some asperity and gazing askance at his outspread Lilliput; “but I think these are a bit off.” This crushing judgement referred to two nudes—reproductions of works by celebrated artists. “A bit off” was, of course, a delicate euphemism for “a bit 'ot.” Our art critics are apt to be finicky in their terminology.
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