Elsewhere Leigh Fermor talks of ‘black-coiffed crones’.  Here they are ‘fate-spinning’, giving a terrifying and timeless aspect to them, reinforced by their sitting beneath ‘the snarl of the slogan’.  ‘Crone’ is probably a dying word, being none too respectful of elderly women.

‘There was something baleful about these two black-coiffed figures under the snarl of the slogan: they looked implacable and fate-spinning crones.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 100

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