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I had the opportunity of seeing Mr. Holbrook… a tall, thin, Don Quixote-looking old man …who was rather striking… wore a blue coat with brass buttons, drab breeches, and gaiters
What does Don Quixote look like? He is described by Miguel de Cervantes as a gentleman,
Bordering on fifty… of a hardy habit, spare, gaunt-featured, a very early riser and a great sportsman.
And certainly by this description there is a resemblance but thankfully Mr. Holbrook does not joust with windmills– what would dear Deborah (and all of Cranford) have said?