Chapter 14 - (VERSO)
had not mattered so very much. She had the soul of it still – and the fly-leaf with the name, in Leslie’s writing, by which nobody ever called her now.
The Old Lady was sitting on the Marshall sofa the next Sewing Circle afternoon when Sylvia Gray came and sat down beside her. The Old Lady[’]s hands trembled a little and one side of a handkerchief, which was afterwards given as a Christmas present to a little olive-skinned coolie in Trinidad, was not quite so exquisitely done as the other three sides.
Sylvia at first talked of the circle, and Mrs. Marshall’s dahlias, and the Old Lady was in the seventh
From "Old Lady Lloyd."
"olive-skinned coolie": An offensive and antiquated term for a laborer in South or East Asia, from a Hindi/Urdu word for "slave." The word was co-opted by colonial leaders in the 17(begin superscript)th(end superscript) century. Here, the Sewing Circle is, like many other informal community groups of the time, gathering supplies to send to colonial outposts.