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"But, Damn It," He Said (Or Words To That Effect), "I Told You Not To Cut The Hair Too Short."

The barber, immaculate and imperturbable, gave a preliminary bow.

He was collecting his thoughts, and his breath.

"I say, I told you not to cut it too short. It looks horrible - - " "Horrible? That, sir - pardon my frankness! - is a matter of opinion. I fully admit that you desired the child's hair to be cut not too short. Those, in fact, were your very words. Notwithstanding, I venture to think you will come round to my point of view, on due reflection, like most of my esteemed customers. In the first place, there is the ethnological aspect of the question. You are doubtless sufficiently versed in history to know that under the late regime it was considered improper, if not criminal, to wear a moustache. Well, nowadays we think differently. Which proves that fashions change; yes, they change, sir; and the wise man bends to them - up to a certain point, of course; up to a certain reasonable point - - " "But, damn it - - "

"And in favour of my contention that hair should be worn short nowadays, I need only cite the case of His Majesty the King, whose august head, we all know, is clipped like that of a racehorse. Horrible (as you call it) or not, the system has momentarily the approval of royalty, and that alone should suffice for all loyal subjects to deem it not unworthy of imitation. Next, there are what one might describe as hygienic and climatic considerations.

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