It made him shudder when he thought of her uncomeliness
, the bedraggled hair and the dirty hands, the brown dress she always wore, stained and ragged at the hem: he supposed she was hard up, they were all hard up, but she might at least be clean; and it was surely possible with a needle and thread to make her skirt tidy.
He had taken the sackcloth of her uncomeliness
, had washed, dried, starched and ironed it, and returned it to her sheer embroidered lawn--the robe of Venus herself.
The gardens are hidden by high mud-walls, and the paradise is become a very sink of pollution and uncomeliness