I asked recently why Lionel Shriver wore gloves indoors and have been kindly told by John H that she has a condition which affects her circulation. I had wondered if her reason was medical, or just a quirk or fashion thing. At first, it doesn't seem a big deal having to wear gloves indoors, but I think it would be. Hands are like eyes, not windows to the soul exactly, but they are so expressive, and wearing gloves is maybe more masking than you would think - a bit like being a constant thief. But I guess she is well used to it - like any chronic medical condition, it becomes 'normal', and you work round it, leaving others to make their own truths about you.