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The right face

What is it about Herbert Leadbetter's face that a publisher wants to pay for?

By Charlotte Cory   November 2000

You have used my face, sir,” said Herbert Leadbetter, spluttering with anger.

“A fine face, if I may say so. Well suited to the purpose. It took us a long time to find the right face for the job.”

“The job?”

“For the author of Love’s Illusion. We combed far and wide.”

“But you have used it without my permission. You had no business.”

“On the contrary, sir. It is our business. We will pay you amply. Backdated, and with compound interest.”

Herbert Leadbetter stared at the man. Was he so out of touch? Had England changed so much…

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