Professor and Mrs Uptight arrived at 10 o'clock, said was terribly nice to invite us, food smelled delicious! Sitting in lounge Mrs Uptight smiled sweetly, although rather less so as saw flowers. This altogether embarrassing as one flower head fallen off entirely.
Payne having gone to bed, sat in lounge whilst dinner cooked.
Explained Mrs Payne had been called away to sister, but would return
shortly. Really, nothing to worry about.
Bound to say
this fearfully dull, and conversation altogether silent in points. Was
rather glad when dinner came, although Uptights looked rather confused
as plates put onto table to find other half and my salmon quite half of
their own. This also proved difficult, as had to eat ever so slowly and
with tiny morsels such that would not have finished dinner in but
seconds. Fortunately dinner came to end rather quickly, although other
half most upset as Mrs Uptight said was terribly sorry, but didn't like
frozen salmon! Explained in awfully nice way that really, had heard
best way was to freeze fish at source. This frightfully denied by
Was altogether weary following dessert, and
had not a jot of intention to offer sherry. Unfortunately had left
bottle out from earlier 'dutch courage'. As such ended up pouring
glasses following hint from Uptight. Poured rather small glasses for
other half and I, as had already partaken earlier, and was in danger of
All sipped their sherry in
conversation-less discomfort. Looked that Mrs Uptight displeased with
her husband's suggestion of sherry also.
particular period of silence heard one or two steps from upstairs.
Awfully concerned about this as house to Uptights' knowledge was empty.
This rather worsened, as Mrs Payne, descended stairs, saying with quite
"I take it by the quiet that they've gone!", before coming into view, and saying with some dread,
"Oh I say.".
fiercely polite about this, said did not know had come back from her
sister's, and how was she, well they hoped? Must have come back whilst
were having dinner, indeed, was positively quiet as a mouse! Mrs Payne
altogether nervous about this, said yes, quite well thank you very much.
period of silence, as Mrs Payne rather obligated to join party, made
somewhat more difficult as Mrs Payne in quite horrific nightgown. After
some time Mrs Payne, relieved at article of conversation, said
"So, it's the Queen's jubilee next weekend! Terribly exciting, I own we should have a street party!".
half terribly excited about this, said was a delightful idea to
celebrate 60 years. Quite some plans were made regards food and
festivities, whilst Uptights remained altogether silent. Other half
exclaimed was sure everyone would join in! Excitement rather dampened
as Professor Uptight said most seriously would certainly not count on
THEIR support, as monarchy quite ridiculous in outdated concept, may
well as be slaves! Further, would be positively hanged before would
celebrate 60 years of rule of anyone!
rather quickly thereafter, and all said goodnight. Uptight pulled me
aside on doorstep, said by the by, was everyone okay money-wise? Had
noticed our pieces of salmon rather small, and sherry glasses also.
Further, Mrs Payne's nightdress positively rags. Could certainly see
about some more university work if this was helpful. Received quite a
start at this notion, said goodnight in rather fluster, and shut front
door in Professor's face. Returned to lounge with heart positively
racing, only to see Mrs Payne plunging flowers back into waste paper