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October 15, 2010


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I've known several shepherds and shepherdesses (?) and I suspect that trying to deal with sheep in the hat and shoes portrayed would be difficult. The corset would probably not help.

I criticise, although the actual "imitation" costumes are no more supposed to be taken seriously than the metaphorical ones. A crook, flowers in the hat, old-fashioned-country-style dress and we all know what it's supposed to be.

Yup, although there seems to have been a small subset of people who took accuracy more seriously and sniffed about people who didn't live up to their standards. Some things never change!

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