Somewhere in The Corner, John Derbyshire asks readers to identify “spat sightings in literature”. At once, I thought of these lines:

…And mocked by hopeless longing to regain

Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,

And going to the office in the train.

They come from a sonnet by Siegfried Sassoon, Dreamers — a rather grim WW1 poem.

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