The countenance of a seagull

malignant gull
A gull stands on a banquet of trash.

Among the most graceful of birds, they have the ugliest faces; in the countenance of a seagull we observe all the bitter hatred and malignance which we usually associate with the faces of money-lenders or book censors.

Robertson Davies

3 thoughts on “The countenance of a seagull

  1. A timely post for me as I sit listening to seagulls’ incessant squabbling, a little apprehensive about sitting in the garden without the parasol up to prevent…. well, you know. Of course, I’m nowhere near the sea.

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