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Your report (4 October) about the handwritten manuscript of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, which sheds light on the author and his process, is fascinating. The article mentions the faint “slut” written at the end of the manuscript, which is considered “an archival mystery”. It is worth noting that “slut” is a Swedish word that can mean “final”, “ending” or “close”. It’s not likely that the manuscript was defaced, only that it ended naturally.
• I think Margaret Squires’ problem (Letters, 4 October) has to do with the inferior quality of women’s clothing. My husband bought a pair of wool gabardine trousers during his first year at university in 1957. They were still in excellent condition – and he could fit into them – 60 years later.