25 June 2007

Mrs. Astor's Mink

Yesterday's Times had a story about Mrs. Astor's will, complete with excerpts and selected bequests. My favorite part was that her daughter-in-law would get a diamond necklace and "my good mink coat and my chinchilla short coat".

It begs two questions: 1. who gets the lousy mink coat(s), and 2. aren't there any beaver coats? After all, the Astor money started with John Jacob Astor and the beaver-pelt trade.

4 comments:

S. said...

And Anne Hathaway got Shakespeare's second-best bed.

liz said...

Laughing.

Eva said...

I inherited one of my great-grandmother's minks. I always kind of wondered how she decided about that.

niobe said...

I almost said "Heh, heh. She said beaver," but I'm restraining myself.