Suddenly, without warning, a knock on the Library door broke the silence. Gibberish, dustpan and brush in hand, swiftly removed the bits of broken silence and opened the door.
“Ah, Edith, what is it?”
“What’s what, sir?” asked Edith, taken aback.
“What is it that you want, Edith?”
“Oh yes! Just to say that Doctor Wilbur W. W. Wilberforce-Wilberforce MRCGP PhD MSc(Hons) VD(four times) is on the telephone.”
Lord Grope exploded: “Good God! Tell the damn fool to get off, he’ll crush it, doesn't he know how expensive those items are these days!”
“Oh dear!” cried Edith, hastily retreating.