Rex Stout was a genius. My mother and grandmother collect and read his books non-stop and periodically one of them will share a line or two with me. Here is the latest one my mother shared. We both burst out laughing.
From: Too Many Clients by Rex Stout
Narrating Character: Archie Goodwin, Nero's assistant
I was interrupted by the doorbell. Going to the hall, I saw on the stoop what I have in mind, more or less, when I apply the word "lump" to a female. Not a hag, not a fright, just a woman, this one middle-aged or more, who would have to be completely retooled and reassembled before she could be used for show purposes. With her you would have some spare parts left when you finished, for instance the extra chin. Her well-made dark suit and her platinum mink stole were no real help. I went and opened the door and told her good morning.