Most annoyed this morning as needed to telephone boss, every time found Mrs Payne on telephone. Awfully busy so not a jot of time to argue this, set about working and emailed instead.
Received email some time later, boss begged my pardon, but was there problem with telephone? Had called but telephone instantly hung up, and engaged terribly all morning. Positively furious at this, went downstairs and asked what game was with telephone, frightfully expensive and who on earth was Mrs Payne speaking to? This totally ignored, Mrs Payne dialling furiously, saying "Hello", promptly hanging up. Had quite enough, retrieved handset from Mrs Payne, most shocked, said did I mind, was on telephone!
Suggested perhaps would like tea, and could explain why on telephone all morning, had she invested in telephone company stocks and was propping up profits? This vigorously denied, said it most ridiculous, was calling every number in Shrewsbury! Begged Mrs Payne's pardon, this most ridiculous, why calling? Followed explanation as to Mrs Perfect's telephone number being wrong, and was sure had written number correctly, was using terribly clever strategy, "process of elimination". Replied I rather thought opposite, further, would confiscate telephone if further attempts made. Mrs Payne most annoyed at this, said had already eliminated over one hundred numbers. Explained as to many thousands remaining, quickly dismissed by Mrs Payne and being rather trivial, would be done by lunchtime. At this took tea and telephone, stalked upstairs with both. Mrs Payne shouted up in much annoyance,
"I was nearly done!".