Something to get you through next Sunday night.
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Margaret: Oh, mother, you’ve simply become impossible!
Lady Brideshead: You must forgive me — I have so much on my mind, what with the upstairs maid falling out the window…and before I was fully dressed, too. That girl always did have such cheek! We really must arrange for her funeral soon.
Lord Brideshead: I supposed this means we had best engage a new upstairs maid to serve you breakfast in bed.
Lady Brideshead: Yes, I do so detest having to take my breakfast downstairs. I’m just exhausted afterward. Dear, will you be riding to hounds this afternoon?
Lord Brideshead: I suppose so. First, though, I must have a word with Chauncey about forgetting to lay out my cravat yesterday. He seems to be getting awfully forgetful.
Julia: But papa, he is 104.
Lord Brideshead: So he is, so he is. The old boy’s been here so long I tend to forget.
Lady Brideshead: That’s no excuse for neglecting his household duties. Perhaps we should engage a younger man if Chauncey is unable to carry out his assigned tasks.
(Door opens; Manfred the butler enters): Will there be four for luncheon today, m’lady?
Lady Brideshead: I shan’t be dining in town, Manfred, but Lord Brideshead will be foxhunting so kindly ask Mrs. Ramekin to pack a basket for the master — perhaps quail and cucumber sandwiches. It will only be myself, Julia and Margaret today.
Lord Brideshead: And Manfred, if you could tell Mrs. Ramekin to heat the boiled quail this time.
Manfred: Of course, m’lord. Will that be all?
Lady Brideshead: Quite so (he leaves). Margaret, you seem to be weeks behind on your knitting. Have you been consorting again with the chauffeur?
Margaret: Oh, mama — please! Dawson is a dear friend.
Julia (sniffs): Oh, is that what you call him! I saw you two headed for the caretaker’s shed.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?