And let us admit you have succeeded

‘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.

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