“Dolly keeps a Secret
Safer than a Friend
Dolly’s Silent Sympathy
Lasts without end.

Friends may betray us
Love may Decay
Dolly’s Discretion
Outlasts our Day.

Could Dolly tell of us?
Her wax lips are sealed.
Much has she meditated
Much – ah – concealed.”

Dolly poem —
written by the character Cristabel LaMotte
in A.S. Byatt’s book “Possession”