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Posted by Henry on June 23, 2004

In Reply to: "No plain man would care for his mouth"Elizabeth Bowen posted by sky on June 22, 2004

: I do not understand this, (on p. 111 of the
: Anchor books paperback of this novel)E.Bowen describes Max as
: "No plain man would ever care for his mouth."
: Is this an Irish phrase, as the author? Thank you!

It's an interesting phrase, but I haven't heard it before. Perhaps the author had someone like Mick Jagger in mind.
"All aboard the good ship rubberlips - Dame Mick Jagger at your service."