I quite like it but it's not my favourite Strand photograph by any means.
I agree with Michael it has a contrived feel about it. Contrivance can work, but somehow doesn't quite for me here.

I can't help thinking of the Gordon Parks photograph we discussed recently of the lads on the street which had people in different sorts of poses, but they were natural and struck by the people themselves, the whole seemed so much more spontaneous and, for me at least, more 'truthful'.

Cate