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Hilary Mantel portrays Duchess as a 'shop window mannequin’

Publié par Clifford Armion le 19/02/2013

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The writer, who won Man Booker Prizes for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, said in a lecture that the Duchess had been perceived as having “no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore”.
Referring to her “perfect plastic smile”, she argued the then-Kate Middleton had been “selected for her role of princess” because she was “irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character”.
In a scathing assessment of the way royal women are viewed, she said the Duchess seemed capable of “going from perfect bride to perfect mother, with no messy deviation”.
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"Hilary Mantel portrays Duchess as a 'shop window mannequin’", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2013. Consulté le 27/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/hilary-mantel-portrays-duchess-as-a-shop-window-mannequin-