Major Weeks explained that he had been an aidede-camp to General Washington, so he had known Lafayette as a young, young man. “He was tall and skinny then, but so elegant in his uniform, so eager in his support for our cause and so resolved in his enmity toward Britain.”
“And is he still?” I asked. “Tall and skinny, I mean.”
“Well, he is still tall, but he is not exactly skinny any longer,” replied Major Weeks. “He now walks with a limp—not from his war wound, but from a fall on an icy city street—and his hair looks very different now. ’Tis very brown and plentiful, which is quite unusual in a gentleman nearly seventy years of age.” He ruefully pointed to his own thinning white locks.
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