. . . a dead ringer for Maurice Ravel, sitting in a coffee shop window.
What is the polite thing to do in situations like this? Do people appreciate having strangers tell them that they look like a particular dead composer?
Osbert: Excuse me, sir - has anyone told you that you look just like the composer Ravel?
Man: What? Who is Ravel?
Osbert: He was a twentieth-century composer, mostly of orchestral and piano music.
Man: I don't know what you're talking about; I myself only listen to country music.
Osbert: Never mind. Sorry to have troubled you.
Man: Are you happy with your current long distance coverage?