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He was an Army officer. Public school accent. No doubt Sandhurst trained.

Surely, he knew the etiquette. Take off a glove before shaking hands. It was something my father taught me. Goes back to the time when knights removed their gauntlets as a gesture of trust.

Even in today’s more informal culture I still consider a gloved handshake to be bad manners.

How was I to know when we shook hands that this officer’s right hand had been severed in Afghanistan while trying to defuse a landmine?

And what better way to mask a prosthetic hand than with a glove?

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    Neville Hunt over 6 years ago

    Great stuff, Chris. Packs a punch very sensitively and is thought-provoking.
    Glad to see you back's feeling lonely here :-(

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