Gilding the Lily

I was thoroughly entertained (and not for the first time) by the well-crafted and insightful piece by Melanie M. Bianchi entitled “Lily Allen Gets the Last Laugh” [June 13].

Lest she be accused of being either too “blithely potty-mouthed” like Lily Allen, or of having her own social commentary too deeply “embedded” like Jane Austen’s Emma, Ms. Bianchi walks the line between the two with refreshing poise—although I’d guess, even though her own phrasing (like “good gracious”) comes more from Emma, that somewhere inside her, she is saying to Lily: “You go girl.”

— Doug Brafford
Charleston, S.C.

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