not overburdened with brains

Posted: January 19th, 2019 | No Comments »

from “Overlooked No More: Noor Inayat Khan, Indian Princess and British Spy”:

Khan had worked hard to overcome her fear of weapons during combat training and improved her ability to translate Morse code, but colleagues in her intelligence network still had doubts. Some wondered if she was too young and inexperienced. They pointed out that she had carelessly left codes lying around and that she had unthinkingly revealed her British background by pouring milk into cups before the tea. …

“Not overburdened with brains but has worked hard and shown keenness, apart from some dislike of the security side of the course,” a superior officer, Col. Frank Spooner, wrote in her [Khan’s] personal file.

“not overburdened with” — an elegant way to describe a person’s weakness (tho still a bit rude).


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