If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,
“Equi-tone” or equal tone suggests that Mrs. Equitone says everything with an unchanging voice: what she says does not matter to her, as the forces of destiny spin our fates without caring too much about us.
And, of course, she has that bad cold.
From another angle, Christopher Ricks sees the equi-tone as a way of hiding Mrs Equitone’s deft little put-downs: “So gloved.” (T. S. Eliot and Prejudice, Faber, p. 186)
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