This makes me think of grainy photos of harmless-looking old men whom you then discover are former Nazi or other butchers tracked down and flushed out of grandfatherly retirement somewhere in Ohio or Argentina.

‘A faded oleography of King Constantine and Queen Sophia, with King George and the Queen Mother, Olga Feodorovna, smiling with time-dimmed benevolence through wreaths of laurel.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 168-69

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