How about this loving description of a driver who charms Golding in Istanbul, handing him and his companion endearing gifts. None of which prevented him charging them a pile of dosh for his services.
His heart was as golden as his teeth, for we had not been in the taxi half a minute before he had presented me with a bunch of violets and Edward with a bag of sweets.
When was the last time you doled out a bunch of violets or a bag of sweets? Or both? Me neither. Shame on us!
Source: Louis Golding, Good-bye to Ithaca (London: Hutchinson, 1955), p. 30
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