“‘A pair of soiled pink corsets are thrown across the only armchair.’ He looked round in a challenging kind of way as he enunciated this and appeared to wait for comment.
‘Ah yes, I see!’ said Joseph with a deprecating glance at the assembled company. ‘You wish to convey an air of sordidness.’
‘And let us admit freely that you have succeeded’, said Stephen cordially.
A cracking bit of dialogue from a play-reading in Georgette Heyer’s Envious Casca, one of her contemporary (ie 1930s) murder mysteries.
The pace of this fits right in with the wise-cracking casts of the then popular screwball comedies. Lovely. I know where I’ll be turning if I run through my supply of PG Wodehouse this summer.