Don't Say I Said It by Norman Rockwell
March 23, 1922 Issue of Life Magazine
Don't Say I Said It, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of Life Magazine published March 23, 1922.
The alternate title for this illustration is Two Women Gossiping.
This was the twenty-fourth cover by Rockwell to appear on Life Magazine. A Rockwell painting only appeared twice on Life magazine's cover in 1922 and twenty-eight times in all.
Don't Say I Said It
Two ladies are sharing tea. The lady on the left is hosting the lady on the right.
Pleasant conversation turns to their neighbors. The lady on the right knows a juicy piece of gossip. She leans close to her hostess.
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The hostess lowers her teacup. She leans to her the guest's gossip.
"Now don't tell anyone that I told you this," says the lady in the black hat.
Her hostess affirms her discretion. And the gossip is spilled.
Neither gossiper notices the figure in the doorway, behind the curtain. A third person is now party to the gossip, true or false. Will that person remain discreet?
Rockwell shares two lessons with us here First lesson: If two people know, it's not a secret. Second lesson: Always watch your backside.
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