“It has always been my hobby in railway trains to visualize in a baby’s face the man he is to become…” Graham Greene versus Jr.

FIELDS WITH BABY

Before you go barking mad, there are VERY strict rules now about babies working in film… Contrary to what he said, W.C. Fields doted on his grand-children, but I’m not so sure about Graham Greene:

…It has always been my hobby in railway trains to visualize in a baby’s face the man he is to become – the bar-lounger, the gadabout, the frequenter of fashionable weddings; you need only supply the cloth cap, the grey topper, the uniform of the sad, smug or hilarious future. But I have always felt a certain contempt for the babies I have studied with such superior wisdom (they little know), and it was a shock last week when one of the brood not only detected me in the act of observation but returned that knowing signal, as if he shared my knowledge of what the years would make of him…  “Awful When You Think Of It” by Graham Greene

4 comments

  1. George Kaplan

    Ahahahaha! I imagine that the baby’s gaze was indicating the thought “oh look what the years have made of *you*, Mr Greene!”

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