In a daze, I stretched up and pulled his peruke into place. “But how could a ‘pumpkin head’ have been the great hero of the Revolution?” I asked him.
“My dear young lady, did you not know? Nearly all of the ‘great heroes of the Revolution’ had hair that was red, or at least decidedly reddish! My dear friends, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson; the father of my heart, General Washington; and, of course, moi! All had, as you said, la tête de citrouille—the ‘pumpkin head.’ Now, let me dry your tears.”
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